Biological father declared the legal father in IVF mix upBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7388.518 (Published 01 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:518
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A black man whose sperm was mistakenly used to fertilise the eggs of the wrong woman in a mix up during an in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedure at a UK infertility clinic was last week declared the legal father of the mixed race twins who were born as a result.
Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, president of the High Court's family division, ruled that the twins' biological father was also their legal father, though he has no legal right to a say in their upbringing.
The white mother and her husband, Mr and Mrs A, were undergoing ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) treatment at Leeds General Infirmary's assisted conception unit at the same time as a black …