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Friday 31 October  

Dutch sperm donor hid medical history

Published on 13 August 2011 - 7:17pm
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National newspaper AD reports that in the past 18 months dozens of women have become the victims of a sperm donor who hid the fact that he is suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome, a hereditary autistic disorder.

The 30-year-old from Rotterdam has fathered at least 22 children, some of whom are showing symptoms of autism. Children suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome have an increased risk of psychological problems. The mothers only found about the donor’s true identity in the past month. The man, who also hid the fact that he has been treated for depression, is still active as a donor.

Interest groups say women go looking for sperm donors on the internet mainly because of the long waiting periods at official sperm banks and the high prices they charge for their mediation. Waiting periods vary from six months to two years; prices are usually between 500 and 1,000 euros. The long waiting lists have also led hospitals to give preferential treatment to heterosexual couples. As a result, many single women and lesbian couples find it is much faster and cheaper to find sperm donors via the internet.

There is a perceived added value in that the women get to meet the potential donor, but the risks are also considerably higher. Some of the unofficial donors are reportedly only after sex or out to have as many donor children as possible.


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Naseem Pau 23 March 2012 - 10:19pm

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Anonymous 27 September 2011 - 1:50pm / australia

"Children suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome have an increased risk of psychological problems."

Yes - because of sensationalist journalists in the media who make out that it's like hiding a diagnosis of AIDS. We're human beings, you know, just like you.

And if all the kids are 18 months or less, the certainty of their 'diagnosis' is astonishing. Must have some amazing paediatricians over there - but I wouldn't let them near a child of mine.

The donor 15 August 2011 - 4:45pm / Holland

If anyone from the serious media is interested in the real (and full) story, please contact me on

scallywag 15 August 2011 - 12:10pm / USA

That said one has to wonder, money aside what beguiles someone to play lottery with other people’s lives to this extent? Is is a subversive attempt to get back at the world given their own affliction, simply an issue of apathy or perhaps more because they are troubles souls who feel the violent need to hurt and exploit others the way perhaps they feel this disease has exploited them.

The donor 15 August 2011 - 12:48am / Holland

22 children is not true... it's much less.
There are 0 children with autism, Asperger or anything related.
The dutch journalist/newspaper was too lazy too check the facts and will be sued.

Francis. 14 August 2011 - 2:27pm / Camden, UK

Aspengers or ASD whichever you wanna call it, is NOT diagnosed by a health proffession but by a 18yr old nursery assistant. If your child does not go to nursery it would not be spotted. Symptoms include being shy or no interaction - avoiding eye contact or child wanting to play on their own or slow learning (speech). these are the symptoms which you and i know is an overeaction by people looking after your kids. Gary the (C.I.A)computer hacker from England has it so it saved him from being sent to USA for trial. The teen from Essex UK who hacked websites (Luels/ Annonymous) in protest of Wikileaks also has Aspengers. Its just unfortunate people demonise ASD suffers.

Mark Lyndon 14 August 2011 - 12:57pm / United Kingdom

If he could hide it from the parents of 22 children, then it can't have been that severe, and he could probably have hidden it from any sperm bank or clinic.

If I were donor-conceived, I'd far rather have a genetic father with Asperger's that I could meet, than a sperm bank's "profile" of someone who's identity I could never know (and who might have Asperger's anyway).

It's hardly as if Asperger's is a terrible affliction. The list of famous successful people believed to had had it goes on and on - Einstein, Henry Ford, Mozart, Dickens, Beethoven, Thomas Edison, Isaac Newton, Darwin, Jefferson, Michelangelo, Curie, Aristotle, Picasso, Orwell, Twain, and many others.

Anonymous 14 August 2011 - 11:20am / Europe

Aspergers are NOT sick, NOT mental retarded, NOT idiots, NOT a hazard to why is it always portrait that we are? And that we need help always? Why do they keep saying people do awefull things because of their autismdissorder?
It is NOT a DISorder, we are just thinking and acting different. That does not make you better than us!!!!.


Anonymous 14 August 2011 - 12:58am / Kenya

The article says that the sperm donors are looking for sex-i find that odd.In short, what the author of this article is saying, is that these women went to have unprotected sex with a stranger in order to have children?Do people donate sperm that way these days(through physical sexual intercourse) or im living in a different reality.Or what the author wanted to say was that the donor makes 'having sex' with them as a precondition for getting the sperm?Or is it that the women dont care about their health?If that is so,then i cant blame the donors...

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