WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A lawsuit worth $5.25M was filed against an Oregon fertility clinic by a doctor who found out that the sperm he donated was used to conceive kids more than the number agreed upon in their contract.
- Upon learning that he fathered at least 17 children, the lawsuit claimed that Dr. Bryce Cleary has experienced extreme mental and emotional suffering that had negatively impacted his personal life.
- Cleary said that he consented to donate his sperm provided that no more 5 children will be conceived and that all should be from outside the Pacific Northwest.
A doctor from Oregon has filed a $5.25M lawsuit against Oregon Health and Science University after learning that he unknowingly fathered at least 17 children with his donated sperm.
According to the lawsuit, Dr. Bryce Cleary has “incurred extreme mental and emotional pain, anguish and suffering,” all of which negatively affected his personal, parental and marital relationships.
Thirty years ago, Cleary was asked by the fertility clinic staff to donate his sperm while being a first-year medical student at OHSU, says the suit.
The terms of the agreement which Cleary said he consented to, included being an anonymous donor of not more than five children, who would be born to mothers outside the Pacific Northwest.
However, he was contacted by two sisters in March 2019 who learned that he was their father after obtaining his details from Ancestry.com. Cleary then later found out that aside from the two sisters, he was also the father of at least 17 other children, all of whom were Oregon-born.
The lawsuit contends that there was a high possibility that some of his children may have interacted within the same social circles including same colleges and churches without being aware of it.
Cleary also said that he may have unwittingly treated some of his offspring while working in Corvallis, Oregon as a primary care doctor.
Overall, Cleary is suing OHSU for breach of the original contract that stated that fertilizations should have only applied to women living outside of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, that no more than five babies will be conceived, and that his sperm was to be exclusively used for medical research after being used for five babies. In addition, the agreement also stated that his identity should have been kept anonymous.
Meanwhile, a news conference was held on Wednesday during which Cleary met one of his biological offspring for the very first time.
Source: NBC News