[QUOTE]HOUSTON- A Louisiana man has filed suit in Harris County against Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates, PA of Houston because he claims their sperm donation clinic gave two vials of his sperm to an ex-girlfriend who has had his child.
The child's paternity has been proven. The boy is now two years old.
Layne Hardin, 44, said he made the sperm donation specifically for another woman with whom he already has a 12-year-old child. He claims however that his ex-girlfriend, Tobie Devall, walked into the sperm donation facility and "bluffed" her way into receiving vials of his sperm.
Hardin said the clinic handed Devall the sperm in a brown paper bag and she walked next door to a medical facility and was inseminated.
Hardin said Devall has never let him see his child. He said he may now be responsible financially, but the largest burden is emotional.
"This is huge," Hardin said. "This is for a lifetime. This is forever. It doesn't stop when he's 18." Hardin said he often sees children in the town where he and the baby's mother both live and he wonders if "that's my child."
Devall has not yet returned phone calls to KHOU. The doctor in charge of the sperm donation clinic, Dr. George Grunert, said he could not comment on the case because it is in litigation. He referred us to his attorney who is said to be in an unrelated trial and is unreachable presently.
Hardin's attorney, Cade Bernsen, said the clinic went through less of an ID check with the ex-girlfriend than a store clerk would if an "18-year-old tried to buy cigarettes."
Bernsen and Hardin said they hope this case results in laws to protect people from something like this happening to them.
The case is set for an April trial.[/QUOTE