A lesbian couple from Ontario is suing Xytex Corp, a Georgia sperm bank, for false advertising after claiming that their donor is not who they thought he was.
Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson believed that donor had an IQ of 160, a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience, a master’s degree in artificial intelligence, and was working on his PhD in neuroscience engineering when they decided to start their family in 2006, writes Daily Mail.
According to the Atlanta Constitution Journal, Collins and Hanson found out in June 2014 their donor was James Christian Aggeles. According to the suit, they learned that as a result of a confidentiality breach by Xytex in which emails were sent to recipient families that inadvertently identified Aggeles as the donor.
The couple (and other families) claim that their donor is a schizophrenic who dropped out of college after doing their own research. The lawsuit says that the donor’s picture has been doctored to remove a mole and he has been in legal trouble as well. Aggeles was charged with one count of burglary in 2005 and his case was discharged in May 2014 under terms of the First Offender Act, said Kimberly Isaza, spokeswoman for the Cobb County District Attorney’s office.
“Had plaintiffs known the true facts,” says the suit, “plaintiffs would not have purchased sperm from defendants, and plaintiffs have been harmed as a result of defendants’ deceit and fraud.”
There are approximately 15 mothers with over 20 children who used Aggeles as a donor, who all fear the potential health and care issues in the future. As of right now, only Collins and Hanson have filed suit.
Nancy Hersh, the lawyer representing Collins and Hanson, insisted that the lawsuit does not mean that the mothers do not love their child. They simply want to make sure the child is properly cared for if he is diagnosed as having schizophrenia.
“Nobody,” she said, “should take this to mean (the mothers) don’t love their children.”