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Resource ID: #22991
Subject: Health
Source: Self (New York, NY)
Date: 2006-10-01



Using the story of mothers who used "Donor 1084" from a cryobank in Virginia, SELF magazine examines the problems that occur when a sperm donor is not completely honest about his medical condition, and passes on poor health to his children. Four mothers who had children using Donor 1084 not only found that his information was false, but that their children were suffering from diseases such as eczema. They contacted the sperm back, Fairfax Cryobank in Fairfax, Virginia, to report problems, but the cryobank did not take Donor 1084 off the market. There is also the story of a young law clerk who made 320 donations to California cryobank in the late 1980s, leading into the tragedy of one of his recipients. Brittany Johnson is a 17-year-old who "inherited a life-threatening kidney disease from Donor 276."

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