Doctor used own SPERM ON PATIENTS
Head of a fertility clinic illegally fathers at least 19 children
ADNA test has proven that the head of a fertility clinic illegally used his sperm to father at least 19 children with unsuspecting women seeking treatment. Local media in the Netherlands reported that controversial sperm doctor, Dr Jan Karbaat, who operated the fertility clinic, Blijdorp Medical Centre, in the town of Barendrecht, near Rotterdam, used his own sperm in 19 cases instead of the chosen sperm donors.
ACTED IN GOOD CONSCIENCE
The children, who for years suspected that Dr Jan was actually their real father, recently received the news after tests by Fiom DNA Databank that they were a positive match.
Dr Jan recently died at the age of 89, but for years denied that he used his own sperm at the clinic, which he operated since the 80s.
In his last interview, he called the accusations “madness”, saying he “acted in good conscience”.
“If mistakes were made, it did not happen with bad intentions,” said Dr Jan.
AMOUNT OF MATCHES
The sperm doctor always declined to cooperate and do a DNA test. However, one of his children gave a DNA sample to the databank.
Fiom director, Ellen Giepmans, says, “But Dr Jan's DNA could only be used for research after he passed away.”
The amount of matches could increase if more parents who underwent treatment at Dr Jan’s clinic and their children came forward for a test.
Local media suspect that the amount of children fathered by Dr Jan could be as high as 60.
For years, there have been strong suspicions that Dr Jan had used his own sperm instead of anonymous sperm donors.
Joey Hoofdman’s parents visited the fertility clinic for IVF treatment using the sperm of Joey’s father, who has dark, curly hair and is even often addressed in Turkish on the streets as passersby mistake him to be a Turkish migrant by his dark looks.
Yet 30-year-old Joey, who is blonde, was shocked when he saw a picture of Jan Karbaat in his younger years and could see a very close resemblance between himself and the sperm doctor. The detailed results of his DNA test, as well as other individuals, have not been made public yet.
ABOVE: One of Dr Jan Karbaat's sons, who bears a resemblance to him (LEFT and INSET)