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Sperm Bank Error: Couple Get Two Children of Different Races By Mistake

If you are going to procreate, then generally there are certain things that are a given. If you mate with your wife, husband or significant other – you have an idea whether they’ll be black, white or a melting pot of your heritages. The race of your child – when having a baby the old fashioned way – is something you can predict.

Then there are variables. When one uses a sperm donation to procreate, there is more of a margin for uncertainty of what ethnicity your child will be. Generally a person going to a sperm bank has control over what race they will be impregnated with, commonly opting for a match in hues to the parents or the rest of the family. But then a mistake can happen which can shake your world…just like in the case of a couple in London who had two children via a sperm donation and the sperm – without their knowledge – was reportedly (as Fox News notes ) was acquired from two different donors.

The couple are apparently “devastated.” They had wanted their two children to be a genetic match having the same mother and the same donor father. But when their second child was born, this child was of a different race. “The damage to the [younger] child in the future, to both the siblings and the family unit could be quite catastrophic,” said the couple’s lawyer.

The London Women’s Clinic in now under investigation for their alleged blunder. But this is not a one time thing. There have been a couple of other reports of IVF clinics – on accident – swamping sperm.

Would this be something you would or did worry about if and when you had IVF?

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