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Lawsuit Imminent After Families Learn Of Sperm Donor’s Failure To Disclose Mental Health Issues


The Toronto Star is reporting that one or more lawsuits will soon be filed against Xytex, a U.S.based sperm bank, alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation. According to news accounts, at least 26 families have received sperm from Chris Aggeles, now a 39-year-old man from Georgia, who has struggled with schizophrenia, bipolar and narcissistic personality disorders. He also allegedly has served time in jail. The families allege that they were never made aware of this information.

According to the allegations, Mr. Aggeles’ sperm has been used to create 36 children: 19 boys and 17 girls from 26 families. According to the Toronto Star:

Angie Collins opened her laptop one evening in June 2014 to a Facebook message she says “made her heart sink like a lead ball into my stomach.”

It was from a woman in the United States who had used the same sperm donor as she had to get pregnant. They knew each other from an online forum that connects donor-conceived families.

The woman wrote she had learned some unsettling information about their supposedly anonymous donor. He was not the healthy man advertised on his sperm-bank profile. She had discovered he has schizophrenia, a serious mental illness that, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, occurs in 10 per cent of people who have a parent with it.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Collins, mother of a then 6-year-old son, and other moms who used the donor’s sperm frantically took to the Internet in search of information they hoped would disprove the revelation.

Instead, “it just kept getting worse and worse,” she recounts in her first exclusive interview since her case made headlines around the world a year ago.

The donor was nothing like the perfectly healthy man — aside from some colour blindness on his dad’s side — touted on the sperm bank’s website. Nor was he working on a PhD in neuroscience engineering en route to becoming a professor of biomedical robotics at a medical school….

As early as this week, she and her partner, Beth Hanson, intend to file a lawsuit against Xytex from Toronto, Hersh says, noting they have retained local legal counsel. More Canadian families may join the legal action.

As well, Hersh says she intends to file additional lawsuits in the United States on behalf of affected American and British families within the next two months.

Allegations against Xytex, which include fraud and negligent misrepresentation, have not been proven in court and the company denies any wrongdoing.

In a recent email, Xytex lawyer Ted Lavender says the company has been in compliance with industry standards. Xytex will “vigorously defend” itself against any new lawsuits and seek to have them dismissed, he writes, adding that he has no further comment at this time.



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