Dutch fertility doctor fathered 49 children

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Dutch fertility doctor fathered 49 children


Mr Karbaat admitted before his death he used his sperm to father about 60 children. Stock image
Mr Karbaat admitted before his death he used his sperm to father about 60 children. Stock image

A Dutch fertility doctor secretly fathered at least 49 children by inseminating female patients with his own sperm, telling the women that it came from anonymous donors.

DNA tests have confirmed suspicions that Jan Karbaat, who died in 2017 aged 89, used his own semen without his patients’ consent.

The tests, carried out by a hospital in Nijmegen, have now proved that “49 children in this case are direct descendants of the late Karbaat”, the Defence for Children organisation said.

“The results confirm suspicions that Karbaat used his own sperm at his clinic.”

The non-governmental organisation represents parents and children born after treatment at his clinic in the Rotterdam suburb of Barendrecht.

The clinic was closed in 2009 amid allegations Mr Karbaat had falsified data, analyses and donor descriptions and exceeded the permitted number of six children per donor.

Mr Karbaat admitted before his death he used his sperm to father about 60 children.

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Irish Independent

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