One Week Of News About the Sperm Donation Industry

02/10/2017 08:37 pm ET
"I'm not looking for a new Dad. I have a Dad," she said. "He's the best Dad I could ever ask for. I'm just looking for a part of myself and I'm sure there are lots of people out there doing the same." "I feel like everybody has a right to know where they come from," she said. "If he was sick, if he was carrying a genetic disease, I feel like I should know about that. Otherwise, it's like a crap shoot. What could I have that I'd pass on to my kids? I have no idea."

A story about a mother who used sperm from California Cryobank.

The reality of conceiving with an anonymous donor hit her when she learned the boys were speech delayed.  When they turned six, Jayden was diagnosed with cancer. "All of these doctors, including the pediatrician, would ask me about their genes, about their family history," she said. The information Lynnette did have was limited. A medical history questionnaire with was virtually blank.  The donor claimed neither he, nor any of his close family, suffered anything on this long list of illnesses. Even to the question "any other condition not listed above" he said "no."

A story about a mother who used Xytex Cryobank.

Max’s biological father was convicted of burglary and diagnosed with bipolar schizophrenia, which has about a 10% chance of being inherited by his offspring. And it’s believed he has many offspring.  According to court records and emails, the donor has at least 36 children, scattered in 5 states and 3 countries.
That’s why in January, Kramer filed a citizen’s petition with the FDA begging for change.  The FDA is taking comments from the public as it decides whether this is a serious enough issue with community or industry support to investigate. Several parents who have already commented say they too found “inconsistent information” in their donor profiles. One medical professional told the FDA “puppy breeding is more regulated.” Out of interest, 11Alive checked the requirements for puppy breeders.  Both must be licensed if they want to have a certain sales volume.  Both are inspected with a focus on safety and cleanliness.  The difference seems to come in the fact dog owners want to brag and are open about their puppy's lineage so claims of parentage are often better tracked.  If you are told contractually you are buying a pure bred and later find out that's not the case, you have strong case in court.  

A police officer in Georgia died after inhaling a fatal amount of liquid nitrogen while trying to rescue a worker at Xytex Cryobank.

Investigators say one deputy has died after inhaling an unknown chemical substance at Xytex Corporation in Augusta. The State Fire Commissioner has issued cease and desist orders to company involved in deadly liquid nitrogen leak. The orders were issued to Xytex Corp Tuesday morning. The order states the Airgas Liquid Nitrogen tank was utilized without an installation permit inspection, according to Glenn Allen with the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner. It turns out Xytex did not have a permit inspection to start using the Airgas tank. Now, the State Department of Insurance is citing them and the Nitrogen tank maker, Airgas. They are not allowed to use the tanks until they correct the system and the commissioner re-inspects it. Xytex and Airgas got two citations.

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