IVF court fight dad opens up about girl

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

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.

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