US Fertility Doctor 'Substitutes His Own Sperm'A US fertility doctor Dr Ben Ramaley of Greenwich, Conneticut has been accused of using his own sperm to impregnate a patient who then gave birth to twin girls, reports The Daily Telegraph, London. Dr
A US fertility doctor Dr Ben Ramaley of Greenwich, Conneticut has been accused of using his own sperm to impregnate a patient who then gave birth to twin girls, reports The Daily Telegraph, London.
Dr Ramaley allegedly used his own sperm instead of the woman's husband's during an artificial insemination procedure.
The claim was originally made in a 2005 lawsuit that was later settled, is now being investigated by the Connecticut attorney general. Dr Ramaley has denied the allegations.
In 2002, the unidentified couple went to Dr Ramaley for help conceiving, according to court records.
After several attempts at artificial insemination, the woman became pregnant.
But the couple - a white woman and a black man - grew suspicious after the wife gave birth to fair-skinned twins.
"After their birth, [the couple] were surprised at the very fair complexion of the twins, because [the husband] is African-American and [the wife] is Caucasian," court records said. "In March 2004, DNA testing performed at the suggestion of the twins' paediatrician showed that [the wife] was the mother but that [the husband] was not the biological father."
The couple sued Dr Ramaley in 2005, claiming that he inserted his own sperm when performing artificial insemination on the wife. The suit was quickly settled out of court with a gag order imposed.
However, the case has resurfaced after the Connecticut Public Health Department heard of the case, and investigated Dr Ramaley. Lindy Urso, a lawyer investigating the case, said the Health Department should have demanded that the doctor take a DNA test at the time to see whether he was the biological father of the little girls.
"This thing was kept quiet. Whitewashed," she told the New York Post.
But Bill Gerrish, a spokesman for the department, claimed the mother had refused to cooperate with the investigation at the time.
Dr Ramaley did not contest the claim that sperm belonging to someone other than the husband had been accidentally used, and he agreed in 2008 to pay a $10,000 fine and stop performing artificial insemination procedures.