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Canadian fertility doctor accused of using own sperm

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 6/11/2016 DAVID BOROFF

A Canadian fertility doctor is accused of using his own sperm to impregnate at least two patients.

Daniel and Davina Dixon of Ottawa claim Dr. Bernard Norman Barwin deceived them when he said he was using the husband's sperm to inseminate his wife in 1990.

DNA tests have conclusively shown the couple's daughter, 26-year-old Rebecca, is not Daniel Dixon's biological child, according to the family's lawsuit against Dr. Barwin.

The tests were ordered earlier this this year when Davina Dixon read how rare it is for two blue-eyed parents to have a child with brown eyes, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

"It was a complete shock," daughter Rebecca told the newspaper. "There's a sense of injustice, there’s a sense of anger on behalf of my parents who do feel violated and betrayed."

The claim also says Rebecca Dixon has reason to believe she is related to another woman conceived at Barwin's clinic who has been proven to be the doctor's biological daughter.

The lawsuit alleges that Barwin's "reckless and wanton conduct, including the cavalier use of his own sperm in his insemination procedures, demonstrated a reprehensible disregard for the health, safety, and rights of the plaintiffs, the members of the plaintiff classes and of the general public," according to the Citizen.

Rebecca Dixon told the paper they just want to know what happened, and are not looking for "revenge" and are not trying to "humiliate" the doctor.

Dr. Barwin was suspended and fined three years ago for using the wrong sperm in three patients, according to the newspaper. The lawsuit also claims that Rebecca and 25-year-old Kat Palmer are half-sisters.

Rebecca told the paper that the love the family has for each other is not "diminished by this situation."

"I think we were all very concerned about would this change the dynamic and I think this showed it didn’t change the dynamic," she told the Citizen.

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