A Canadian couple is suing a Georgia sperm bank, saying that the donor the company provided for them turned out to be a schizophrenic who has a criminal record and whose photo was doctored to make him look more attractive.
Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson of Port Hope, Ontario, decided in 2006 to start a family by using donor sperm, according to a suit filed this week in Fulton County Superior Court. They chose to use the services of Xytex Corp., which is based in Augusta and has offices in Atlanta. The couple understood that the company thoroughly vetted potential sperm donors, screening them for their educational backgrounds and health history, among other things, and only selected the top prospects.
Xytex had no comment on the suit as of Thursday morning after being contacted Wednesday morning.
Collins and Hanson, according to the suit, were told that their then-anonymous donor had an IQ of 160, a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience and a master’s degree in artificial intelligence, and that he was working on his PhD in neuroscience engineering. He also was described as an eloquent speaker, mature beyond his years, and healthy.