Sperm Mix-Up Ends In Bi-Racial Baby, Lawsuit, Divorce

Sep 12, 2019

NBC 4 New York – Two years after a white couple in New Jersey gave birth to a baby girl through in-vitro fertilization, they realized that she had “Asian features” — and now they want to know the identity of the girl’s biological father.

Although the parents say they love their daughter and wouldn’t change anything, they’re suing the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science in Livingston, New Jersey in what is the latest mix up at fertility clinics across the country.

DNA results showed that there was 0% possibility that the northern Jersey man was the child’s biological father. Mazie says the discovery was heartbreaking for two people struggling to have kids by themselves.

“They love her. She’s their daughter and they wouldn’t change anything from that perspective but it was devastating to find this out,” the family’s lawyer David Mazie said.

The couple ended up getting a divorce, citing the stress of the fertility clinic mix-up, Mazie said.

They are demanding financial compensation … Read more. 

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Fertility clinic ordered to hand over sperm donor list after white couple gives birth to Asian baby

Sep 10, 2019

NJ.com – A Livingston fertility clinic was ordered by a judge to turn over a list of sperm donors after a couple claimed the facility mistakenly impregnated the wife with the sperm of someone who was not her husband.

The Verona couple, who are now divorced, say they learned of the mistake by the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas after noticing their daughter was developing Asian features.

The couple, who are white, took a DNA test and learned that the husband was not the daughter’s biological parent, their lawsuit said.

“They were entitled to have a child with both of their genes,” said David Mazie, of the Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman law firm, who is representing the couple.

Now, Superior Court Judge Keith Lynott in Essex County has ordered the clinic to hand over a list of men and women who used the facility around the same time as the couple.

While attorneys for the institute argued releasing that information would violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the judge said personal identifying information on the lists could be redacted.

However, the name and address of the man whose sperm was used in the artificial insemination procedure for the wife will have to be un-redacted, the judge ruled.

“What happened to the father’s sperm that he doesn’t know about?” Mazie asked, adding that the husband wants to know if he is the biological parent to someone else. “This little girl is entitled to know her genetic history. She’s entitled to know if there were any medical disorders.”

The child inherited a genetic blood disorder associated with Southeast Asian heritage that neither parent carried, the lawsuit said … Read more.