17 donor children linked to Zwolle gynaecologist’s own sperm

A gynaecologist from Zwolle, a city in the northeastern Netherlands, has been found to have inseminated intended parents with his own sperm, without the parents’ knowledge. At least 17 donor children conceived in the ‘80s and ‘90s have been linked to him through DNA research in a commercial database. 

The late Gynaecologist Jan Wildschut worked with KID (Artificial Insemination Donor Sperm) between 1981 and 1993, using his own semen for inseminations in an unknown number of women. The parents believed the sperm was coming from anonymous donors. 

Discovering the DNA link

The relationship was discovered after one donor child matched with Wildschut’s niece through a DNA database. From there, the person was linked to 16 other donor children. The connections were confirmed through further DNA testing with the help of one of Wildschut’s legal children. The donor children have regular contact and a good relationship with the family of the gynaecologist.

The hospital’s response

Wildschut worked at the former Sophia Hospital’s fertility clinic, now Isala Hospital. The hospital confirms this report in a joint statement with Wildschut’s donor children and legal children. They have not yet been able to find whether any other donor children can be linked to the gynaecologist. The Isala Hospital’s stance is that the actions are morally unacceptable, and they had been unaware of the doctor’s actions.

The donor children and Wildschut’s family worked together to establish the virtual donor profile of the gynaecologist in Fiom’s KID DNA database (for parentage questions). Any donor children who want to know whether Wildschut may be their biological father can have their DNA compared to his in the database. Those who are a match can request a personal meeting with the hospital.

What do you think of this doctor’s behaviour? Let us know in the comments below.

Feature Image: Manu5/Wikimedia Commons/CC4.0

Brin Andrewshttp://brinandrews.com
Brin is an avid ice cream eater from the US, calling Amsterdam home since early 2019. As a lover of mountains, life below sea level has been a bit of an adjustment, but she manages to stay afloat with long runs, wine, and frequent travel. Incidentally, these are a few of her favourite topics to write about.

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