[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Oregon doctor Bryce Cleary says his donated sperm was used to father at least 17 children in violation of an agreement that allowed for no more than five children filed a $5.25 million lawsuit Wednesday against Oregon Health & Science University.
Cleary claims that Oregon Health & Science University didn’t adhere to a stipulation that his sperm could only be used by women living on the East Coast. The result, most of the 17 were born in Oregon, and some of the children went to the same schools, church or social functions as their half-siblings without knowing they were related.
Cleary is claiming he is the victim of fraud and has suffered emotional distress since learning about the births.
Cleary, who has three sons and an adopted daughter he is raising with his wife, found out about the other children when two of them contacted him.Looking for their biological father, they used Ancestry.com and information from the fertility clinic itself to identify him and other siblings.
Cleary donated sperm at OHSU after the hospital’s fertility clinic encouraged him and his male classmates to participate in a research program by donating their sperm, according to the lawsuit. Cleary alleges he was assured by the university that the sperm would be used either for research or fertility treatments, or both.
Because the facility didn’t keep records of where the sperm was sent and used at places outside of the state and region, “it is impossible to discover just how many of children born of Plaintiff’s donations reside in Oregon, the United States, and/or the world,” the lawsuit claims.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]”I wanted to help people struggling with infertility, and I had faith that OHSU would act in a responsible manner and honor their promises,” Cleary said at the press conference. “Recently I became painfully aware that these promises were a lie.”
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