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Oregon doctor sues university, claiming that “irresponsible” use of his sperm created at least 17 children

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 17 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6082
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

A US doctor who donated sperm to his university’s fertility clinic while a medical student is suing Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) for $5.25m (£4.05m; €4.72m), alleging that it broke promises to limit the number of children produced with it to five.

Bryce Cleary said that the university also promised not to give the sperm to parents in the Pacific Northwest region. But a DNA search that he ran on last year revealed that at least 17 children had been born from his donated sperm, most of them in Oregon, he said.

Cleary, 53, appeared at a press conference with one of the 17—his biological daughter, 25 year old Allysen Allee, whom …

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