More Canadian families are suing a US sperm bank they allege misled them about the attributes of a donor who was billed to be a genius, but they say turned out to be a convicted felon who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. The latest lawsuits were filed in British Columbia by two Vancouver families who conceived children by artificially inseminating the sperm of “Donor 9623” from the Atlanta-based sperm bank Xytex Corp. The lawsuit also targets Genesis Fertility Centre Inc., in Vancouver, according to Postmedia.
Ontario families demand $15.4-million in damages
In April, three families in Ontario sued Xytex, and the Aurora, Ont. based Outreach Health Services, alleging wrongful birth, failure to investigate and fraud. They claim that the companies advertised and sold the sperm of Donor 9263 even after they were alerted to the fact that his donor profile didn’t match who he actually was. Donor 9263 — who was later revealed to be 39-year-old James Christian Aggeles — is believed to have helped conceive 36 children in Canada, the US, and in the UK. The Ontario families are demanding $15.4-million in damages, according to the Toronto Star. None of the allegations have been proven in court.
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