White mother given mixed race sperm in IVF loses compensation claim

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 15 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5806
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Two children in Northern Ireland whose white mother was mistakenly impregnated with sperm from South Africa labelled “Caucasian (Cape Coloured)” during in vitro fertilisation have failed in a compensation claim at the High Court in Belfast.

The children’s mother, who brought the case on their behalf, claimed that their quality of life was adversely affected because they looked markedly different from their parents and had quite different skin colour from each other. She said that they were subject to “abusive and derogatory comment and hurtful name calling from other children, causing emotional upset.”

They had …

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