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A fertility doctor alleged to have been using his sperm to impregnate women

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A fertility doctor has allegedly been impregnating women with his own sperm
He did it to more than one family apparently.

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A fertility doctor has allegedly been impregnating women with his own sperm
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By Catriona Harvey-Jenner
4 November 2016
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This is awful. According to CBC, a Canadian fertility expert, Dr Norman Barwin, is being sued in a civil lawsuit having been accused of impregnating a patient with his own sperm as opposed to her partner’s.

Daniel and Davina Dixon went to the doctor in 1989 after they’d struggled to conceive, and he helped Davina to get pregnant. The following year, in 1990, the couple’s daughter Rebecca was born. Or so they thought.

Years later, in February this year, a grown-up Rebecca started raising concerns about her genetics after she spotted a Facebook post about how it was extremely rare for two people with blue eyes to have a biological child with brown eyes. Because Rebecca has brown eyes.

For some reason, the family took Rebecca’s worries seriously and carried out blood and DNA tests, which devastatingly revealed that Daniel wasn’t Rebecca’s father. Confused, and with Davina insisting there was no infidelity, the family looked into the record of the doctor involved in the conception.

Concerningly, they dicovered that in 2013 he had been found to have artificially inseminated three patients with the wrong sperm, and they also noticed that “Rebecca bore an uncanny physical resemblance to Dr. Barwin,” according to their legal documents.

Desperate for answers, Rebecca then made contact with another young woman, Kathryn Palmer, who was the same age and had discovered the previous year that the fertility expert had used his own sperm to artificially inseminate her mother.

It was at this point they carried out a further DNA test which confirmed that the girls were biologically related – making them half-sisters, and with Dr Barwin being the common denominator, most likely his.

While a DNA test sounds like pretty conclusive evidence, it still needs to be proven in court before the Dixon family can win and seek punitive and other damages against the doctor.

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