U. apologizes for possible sperm donor mix-up, another family comes forward with concerns

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  • Lindy-Lou San Antonio, TX
    April 28, 2014 3:17 p.m.

    I'd be interested to know why the woman asked for DNA tests in the first place. Behavior problems? Physical characteristics differences? A racial slant? Just wonderin . . .

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    April 25, 2014 2:24 p.m.

    Lawsuit time! My take is the that the U bears some legal responseablity from a negligence standpoint. While this unit is out of business and Lippert is deceased, it was a Universtity facility. Being able to trace paternity is not an unreasonable expectation. They goofed up in a big way.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    April 25, 2014 2:10 p.m.

    "They also cannot confirm or deny, based on limited documentation, that Lippert's actions were either intentional or accidental."

    How could this be accidental? I doubt Mr. Lipert's job description mentioned anything regarding his sperm.

  • treesmom brigham city, UT
    April 25, 2014 11:53 a.m.

    I'm sorry, I don't see what the big deal is. The Baumans got the children they wanted, whether they were from the same donor doesn't really matter at this point. It was a mix up and irresponsible of the U to not be more on top of things, but really what difference does it make now. The only thing that would matter is if the children need a bone marrow transplant or something to that affect.
    We had one daughter through artificial insemination in the early 80's They didn't tell you who the donor is. All we asked is that they had the same blood type as my husband and I. Turns out the donor didn't, our child was born with a different blood type. It was frustrating but not that big of a deal. We have two adopted children and the one artificial inseminated child. They are OUR children, nothing could change the way we feel about our children. The U screwed up, a decade or more ago. The program is no longer at the U. The U apologized, let's move on.

  • DGDENTON Gainesville, TX
    April 25, 2014 10:15 a.m.

    Excuses! Excuses! Excuses! Cover-up! Cover-up! Cover-up! Knowing ones biological make-up is far more than the medial history. We are born with attributes which we inherit, personality traits which make each of us unique. Children conceived through donor sperm deserve to know about him.

  • RN4moms Bountiful, UT
    April 25, 2014 9:37 a.m.

    "Mix up" is definitely a watered-down term for a serious offense. Shades of "mis-spoke" vs "lie"!

  • neece Logan, UT
    April 25, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    I honestly don't know what to think about this. However she does have a daughter and a son... it makes you wonder if there is a problem with the child and is angry because maybe she thinks he does things because of the biological father? I dunno it is a quandary for sure.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    April 25, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    "The harms or burdens associated with that information probably outweigh the benefits that people might gain,"

    Translation: "We have enough of a black eye already. Why would we also want a bloody nose?"

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    April 25, 2014 8:36 a.m.

    The U won't admit wrong doing but at least they are getting their fight song politically correct.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 25, 2014 6:34 a.m.

    Shades of Cecil Jacobson! Remember him?

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 24, 2014 8:56 p.m.

    I understand the fact that the many if not all persons are deceased or unavailable but the plea that the records are incomplete is an indicator of a wide problem.

    The U of U is a JCAHO accredited hospital, a research facility and school of medicine and nursing. To cop a plea that records are incomplete indicates sloppy and less than professional management and a rather cavalier attitude that may be pervasive through out the entire organization.

    What's done is done, but I hope what is being done now is documented better than in the past.