Superior Court Judge of New Jersey, Keith Lynott, ordered the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science in Livingston, N.J. clinic to produce a list of all of the donors and women who went to the facility around the same time as a couple from New Jersey went there for a round of in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
In spite of various futile attempts in the past, the New Jersey couple Kristina Koedderich and Drew Wasilewski decided to opt for IVF the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science. Finally, the desperate couple was blessed with a baby girl in 2013 after spending a whopping $500,000 at the facility.
Everything was moving just fine until the child was approximately two years of age. The baby girl began developing Asian physical features, though the parents are caucasian. The Later, a DNA test confirmed that Wasilewski was not the biological father of the girl. The entire world came crashing down over the parents, who have since decided to file a lawsuit against the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science.
The legal procedure revealed that the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science in Livingston, N.J., made an unpardonable mistake of artificially inseminating the mother with someone else’s sperm, who was not her husband.
A New Jersey couple opted for IVF to conceive, eventually spending nearly $500,000.— NPR (@NPR) September 12, 2019
Years later, a DNA test revealed the clinic had used someone else's sperm. Now a court has ordered it to turn over information to help figure out whose sperm it was.https://t.co/flST9mNRF5
When asked about the mishap, the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science in Livingston did not come up with any immediate statements or justifications.
David Mazie, of Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman, and the now-divorced couple's attorney spoke to NPR, explaining, "It's been devastating for them." Koedderich and Wasilewski claimed that the negligence culminated to their "the breakdown of the marriage." They are charging the clinic for unspecified damages.
"To go through all the shots, all of the treatments, spend all of that money, and be lucky enough to have a child but then find out it's not 100% your child ... it's inexcusable. It should never happen," Mazie said.
The lawyer also mentioned that the parents would additionally like to know the identity of the baby girl's biological father and learn more about her lineage and genetic history. The child, who is six years old now, has inherited a unique genetic blood disorder found in the South East Asian nationals.
"They also want to know what happened to Drew's sperm? They took it, and it was defrosted. If they didn't use it for this procedure they must have used it in some other procedure," Mazie said.
According to the divorced couple’s attorney, when she is older, the girl may also want to develop a relationship with her biological parent. "And she has a right to that," Mazie added.