In vitro fertilization is an option that has become well known among couples to conceive a child.
“It is the most effective form of assisted reproductive technology,” according to the ‘Mayo Clinic’ portal. This consists of fertilizing eggs with sperm directly in the laboratory.
However, for one family the process was not successful because, although they had a son, they found out more than 10 years later that he had a different biological father.
“There were many emotions that we had to overcome, including the separation from the love of our son, which has not changed. This mistake that happened, how could it happen, why did it happen and what do we do now?” asks the American Vanner Johnson.
The man is married to Donna Johnson. The couple wanted a second child, but they were unable to have one naturally.
So they started the in vitro fertilization process in 2007 at the Center for Reproductive Medicine at the University of Utah, United States.
The youngest was born and brightened their lives. In the ‘comings’ and ‘comings’ of his life a DNA kit caught their attention, so a few months ago they did it for ‘fun’.
different biological father
The result reached his hands a month after practicing.
They were surprised at what it indicated: “My results said that I had two children and that our oldest son was a half brother of the youngest. That’s when we knew there must be something wrong,” said Donna Johnson in an interview with ‘ABC’.
The woman’s eggs had been fertilized with someone else’s sperm.
They had no choice but to face the situation and tell the little boy what they discovered. The couple took him out for ice cream and a ride in the wagon.
“I told him ‘turns out something happened and we’re not sure what happened, but I’m not really your biological father.’ He just looked at me and said ‘really?’”, Vanner narrated to the quoted medium.
Search for the father
The little boy underwent further DNA tests and, through the investigations that the family undertook, they found the biological father: Devin McNeil.
McNeil and his wife Kelly, too, attended the University of Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine.
“There was a date when we were at the clinic at the same time. I was doing transfers, so that’s when they put my embryos back in. She (Donna Johnson) was doing the retrieval when they took her eggs. We think she passed around the same time 14 years ago,” Kelly McNeil recalled.
The minor has already met his biological father who lives in Colorado, United States.
In the meantime, the Johnson family decided to keep Vanner’s parental rights. In addition, the two couples are preparing lawsuits against the laboratory.
“If patients come to us with questions or concerns about their care, we evaluate our care and procedures and, if necessary, make changes to prevent harm to other patients. Our providers and staff strive to provide excellent care and we are constantly working to make improvements,” the University of Utah told ABC.
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