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16th Apr 2016

3 Families Sue Sperm Bank For Lying About Donor’s Medical Background

Sharyn Hayden

Three families in Canada have issued legal proceedings against a US-based sperm bank company called Xytex.

According to Sky News, it is alleged that the families were advised that the particular sperm donor they had chosen was a ‘genius’.

The families say they are outraged because the company told them that the donor in question was extremely healthy, had an above-average high IQ and was doing a PhD in neuroscience engineering.

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(Via the Xytex website – but is it that ‘simple’ for the company now?)

It was later discovered – through accidental sharing of the man’s contact information via email – that he is, in fact, a 39-year-old diagnosed schizophrenic who had previously been convicted and jailed for burglary and other crimes.

The allegations have not yet been proven in court but the families who have filed the law suit are seeking approximately €10.3 million in damages for being mislead.

It is thought that at least 36 women across Britain, Canada and the US have become pregnant from using this donor’s sperm over the last decade.

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(A featured ‘donor’ on the Xytex website)

This is very worrisome for other parents who have used a sperm donor option in order to start or add to their families.

You so have to place your trust in these clinics that they are correctly recording and sharing truthful information about the donors that they are using.

So, now what?

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