Dutch fertility doctor 'fathered 49 children' with his own sperm

Dutch fertility doctor 'fathered 49 children' with his own sperm

The group of suspected "Karbaat children" dragged his family to court to force them to release his DNA profile, which was locked in a safe.

Jan Karbaat, who died in 2017, is the father of 49 children born after women visited his Rotterdam clinic where he used his own sperm instead of sperm from a chosen donor to inseminate them, Defence for Children said.

Almost 50 children have received closure following years of anguish after they were told their biological father was a doctor who impregnated their mother at his fertility clinic.

The results of the tests confirmed suspicions that Mr Karbaat used his own sperm in the clinic.

One of the children, named Joey, said he could "finally close the chapter" now he knew Mr Karbaat was his father.

A court case gave permission for materials containing his DNA to be collected and then the 49 Dutch people fought for the right to test their own DNA against these samples.

"After a search of 11 years I can continue my life".

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"It means that there is finally clarity for the children who are matched", he told NOS.

The plaintiffs' lawyer previously told doctors that some children had brown eyes when the sperm donor supposedly had blue eyes, or that another male client physically resembled the doctor.

Karbaat's home was raided following his death in April 2017, aged 89, resulting in several items being seized.

In February this year, Rotterdam District Court ruled that the results of the tests could be finally be revealed.

Mr Karbaat worked at the fertility clinic from 1980 until it was closed in 2009.

The BBC reported it closed due to allegations that Dr Karbaat falsified data, analyses and donor descriptions and exceeded the permitted number of six children per donor.

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