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

By Sunny Chanel |

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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0 thoughts on “Sperm Bank Error: Couple Get Two Children of Different Races By Mistake

  1. someone says:

    catastrophic? really?

  2. victoria says:

    It’s even worse that the first kid is viewed as “undamaged” while the second kid faces “catastrophic” damage. What a terrible beginning for those poor kids.

  3. The Mommy Psychologist says:

    The “damage” to the child could be “catastrophic”??? Really, just because the children don’t have the same racial identity? This is quite insulting to those of us in mixed relationships whose children always have the potential to “look” like they have different racial identities. I get so tired of seeing these ridiculous headlines about race. I talk more about it here:

  4. LogicalMama says:

    Yeah, I mean, I understand the couples surprise, but their reaction is quite disturbing…… I mean, “catastrophic,” really?????

  5. Paige says:

    I have to agree re the “catastrophic” comments – from the readers, not the writer. What is catastrophic? To look different than one’s sibling? To be of a race that is somehow deemed “less than” by the parents? Now THAT burden – born by the child of ignorant parents – would be catastrophic.

    And never, in my days of IUI, did I worry about some mix up in the race of the donor – honestly, a healthy baby is more than a blessing and anything else is just beside the point. I now have two beautiful children who look nothing like me and are in fact as beautifully dark-skinned as I am light , and have never loved anyone as much as I love them.

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