IVF court fight dad opens up about girl
The father of a girl who was born after his ex forged his signature to have IVF treatment has said he finds it hard to love his daughter.
The businessman, who is in his 50s and married, admitted there are times he can’t bring himself to even hug the six-year- old.
He said: “On one hand, it ’s a beauti ful chi ld – intelligent, lovely, happy. But at the same time the child has represented so much pain and suffering for us.
“There are times I find it impossible to reach out and hug her. I have this inner block.
“But then there’s this beautiful girl who’s not responsible for her being.
“I feel not only a duty as a father but a moral duty to do as much for her as I do for the other children in the family. It’s a very difficult situation for my wife and I.”
The man said his ex – a teacher in her 40s – texted to say she was pregnant a year after they split.
He spoke after a High Court judge rejected his bid for damages against the Harley Street clinic who failed to check if he had signed the form permitting their previously frozen embryos to be used.
Mr Justice Jay ruled while IVF Hammersmith failed in their obligation to ensure consent from both parties, public policy is a parent can’t be compensated for the birth of a healthy child.