A fertility clinic in New Jersey must submit a list of semen donors after a white couple says the facility mistakenly impregnates a woman with the sperm of an unknown Asian man.
The couple said they went to the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at St. Barnabas Medical Center in the State Garden after failing to conceive on their own. Having chosen artificial insemination through in vitro fertilization, they have successfully given birth to a baby girl. But when the child was about two years old, the couple noticed that their child was developing "Asian traits," according to couple's lawyer Dave Maze.
Mazie told NBC News that the couple, who asked to remain anonymous, conducted a DNA test that revealed that the father did not share biological traits with his child and that the father was Asian. The news devastated the couple, who have since divorced, citing the stress of breaking down the fertility clinic, Mazie said.
The couple are now seeking monetary damages, saying that while they love their baby dearly, the alleged mistake of the clinic is causing them "great pain, suffering, lasting injuries and disabilities, as well as the loss of enjoyment of quality of life."
The couple, who spends $ 500,000 on fertility treatment, also wants to know who the biological father their child is. In late August, as NJ.com first reported, a judge said the fertility clinic should submit the list to donors. Mazie says this is the first step in learning more about the child's biological father.
"A child has the right to know what its genetic makeup is and if there are any problems," Mazie says.
Parents are open to having a biological father in their child's life, but first they need to find out who the father is. Mazie said her father wanted to know if his semen had ever been used in someone else's pregnancy.
The Fertility Clinic said in a statement, "the integrity of our healing processes is paramount and we take this matter very seriously." [1
"I don't think the clinic should be closed, people make mistakes," says Mazie, "but it should never happen."