Couples often have to go through various types of fertility treatments to successfully get pregnant. The process is long, painful, and doesn't always deliver favorable results. Thankfully, there are male and female donors to help couples who have run out of other options to conceive children.
While those donors are truly heroes, they still have rights since it is their own DNA being used to create these babies. One man, Dr. Bryce Cleary in Oregon, is suing a fertility clinic he donated his sperm to in 1989 for $5 million because he claims they assured him that no more than five children would be conceived using his donation, but as it turns out, at least 17 babies were born with his DNA.
Not only did the clinic promise that no more than five babies would be born using his sperm, but they also told Dr. Cleary that he would remain anonymous as the donor and that any moms who would use the donation would not reside in the pacific northwest where he lives.
Dr. Cleary found out about the breach of contract through ancestry.com. According to him, he discovered that in addition to the four children he conceived with his wife, there were 17 more listed, many of which live in Oregon and even attend the same schools and church the family has attended.
Dr. Cleary isn't the only one who feels like their life was completely thrown for a loop because of this. One of his 17 donor-children, Allysen Allee, discovered he was the donor that helped her mother conceive her and wanted to reach out to him to get to know him. He says that he's unable to be "emotionally involved" with the children who were born through this service and Allysen says that it's "emotionally overwhelming" to know that she was "a product of fraud" against Dr. Cleary.
The Oregon Health and Science University, where Dr. Cleary donated his sperm, is treating the investigation with the "gravity it deserves". Still, they can't comment on the incident since it is an ongoing case.
There's no doubt that Dr. Cleary, his family, and the families of those affected by this misconduct have been seriously impacted by the breach of contract. Hopefully, in the end, everyone can find peace with what has happened, even if it was not what Dr. Cleary intended from the start.