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Dutch woman believes her father is unscrupulous fertility doctor who allegedly used his sperm to impregnate clients

May 16, 2017

Dr. Jan Karbaat, a Dutch fertility doctor who helped thousands of women conceive, has been accused of using his own sperm to impregnate clients.

According to The New York Times, a lawsuit has been filed to obtain access to Karbaat’s DNA. The doctor died last month at the age of 89, but authorities have removed several items — like a toothbrush and a nose-hair trimmer — from his home. The plaintiffs would like officials to release these items, so they can solve lingering paternity questions.

The lawsuit was filed by 10 mothers who became pregnant with Karbaat’s help, and 12 people who were conceived at the clinic.  As The Telegraph reports, Karbaat reportedly told his female patients that he was using “fresh seed” during in vitro fertilization treatments. But the women later noticed physical similarities between their children and the doctor.

“They say it feels like they were raped by Karbaat,” Tim Bueters, a lawyer for the families, told Dutch newspaper the Algemeen Dagblad, according to The Telegraph.

One of the plaintiffs, Moniek Wassenaar, told the Times that she met with Karbaat before he died, hoping to find out if he was her biological father. Wassenaar, a 36-year-old psychiatrist, sought the doctor out after receiving an anonymous tip from someone who saw a photo of her and suggested she bore an uncanny resemblance. The doctor, she recalled, said that he probably was her father. “He said, ‘Let me see your hands; you could be a kid of mine,’” Wassenaar remembered.

Karbaat’s clinic was shuttered in 2009 because it did not meet storage standards. More disconcerting questions about the doctor’s practice were raised after two children conceived at the clinic were revealed to be half siblings, not full siblings like Karbaat had promised.

A lawyer for Karbaat’s family has asked the court to respect his relatives’ right to privacy, claiming there is  “not the slightest evidence that Mr. Karbaat was the donor.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.


Fertility doctor accused of using his own sperm to impregnate patients