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Dutch doctor ‘fathered 49 children’ in IVF scandal

Dutch doctor ‘fathered 49 children’ in IVF scandal”

Jan Karbaat, who died in 2017, is the father of 49 children born after women visited his Rotterdam clinic where he used his own sperm instead of sperm from a chosen donor to inseminate them, Defence for Children said.

A Dutch fertility doctor who was accused of impregnating patients with his sperm without their consent fathered 49 children, DNA tests revealed.

DNA tests showed Karbaat fathered 49 children, according to Defence for Children International, which helped the case.

"The results confirm serious suspicions that Karbaat used his own sperm at his clinic", Defence for Children added.

Karbaat's clinic was closed down in 2009 due to allegations he generated false data, analyses and donor descriptions, as well as exceeding the limit of six children per donor.

The doctor had always denied the accusations, but it was revealed on Friday after DNA tests were made public by a Dutch court.

He said he had sometimes mixed his sperm with that of other donors.

Many of the Karbaatkinderen have become friends after their two-year-legal fight and Mr van Halen said would be keeping in touch with some of his half siblings.

It also said it was pleased that "the years of unrest and uncertainty that the late Mr Karbaat" caused had "finally come to an end".

The Karbaat family's lawyers argued that their clients' right to privacy had to be respected.

One of the children, Joey, spent the past 11 years searching for answers and told Dutch broadcaster NOS he was "glad to finally have clarity".

A group of the doctor's suspected children and their parents took Karbaat to court in 2017 following suspicions that they may all be related.

"I don't get the feeling that he cheated my mother", he told the NRC paper.



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