Parents say fertility doctor’s mix-up resulted in baby of different race using a stranger’s sperm: Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed against a fertility clinic in Connecticut reportedly claims that a British man and woman were given someone else’s genetic material, resulting in a child they say is not even the same race as they are.

According to the Connecticut Post, the couple reportedly contacted CT Fertility P.C. in Trumbull and spoke to Dr. Melvin Thornton II about undergoing treatments. The facility has since closed and the doctor did not respond to the outlet’s request for comment.

Their experience dates back more than four years, according to the court documents, and was supposed to use the husband’s sperm for an in-vitro fertilization procedure.

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A baby conceived through this method was born in April 2016, the lawsuit asserts, and the couple opted to undergo another round of treatment the following year.

A child resulting from that procedure “appeared to have a much darker skin pigmentation” than the couple or older sibling, the lawsuit alleges, “which was extremely unexpected and perplexing as the children were supposed to have the same genetic makeup.”

The complaint is not about the child they love, the couple states, but the “constant, nagging, debilitating fear that the person whose genetic material was used will realize, as they did, that the defendants negligently mixed up their genetic material.”

As the Daily Beast reported, the suit noted that though the couple’s “second-born son is loved and healthy in every aspect, he is not in fact their biological baby.”

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