A Utah fertility clinic has recently discovered that a former employee may have potentially tampered with semen samples, leaving some people wondering who the biological father of their children might actually be. Allegations surfaced this 2014 from the University of Utah that there were no records remaining from the clinic to prove whether the possible scandal, which has prompted some very grave questions, might have actually occurred and to what extent. ABC News reveals what is known on the story this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.
The Utah fertility clinic officials and University of Utah authorities have stated that they are at a loss as to how this grave mishap may have happened. The incident itself occurred back in 1991, with the clinic shutting down some years later, and the suspect himself passing away in 1999. So far, a university hotline has fielded at least 17 calls this month about the potential semen tampering at the fertility clinic.
Unfortunately, school officials have added that they may not be able to solve these complaints and grave questions because one of the medical technology assistants working at the clinic was a convicted felon and passed away over a decade ago. One individual of the Branum family in particular, a 21-year-year old, does not know for certain who her father is.
"Unfortunately, the reality of this very disturbing situation is that there is very little information with which to make any definitive conclusions," Kathy Wilets, a spokeswoman for the University of Utah's health sciences division, stated this week in an announcement on the Utah fertility clinic scare. "We believe it is impossible to determine exactly what happened. The university is sympathetic to the distress this situation has caused the Branum family."
At this time, federal prosecutors are reviewing whether the allegations of tampering are warranting an official investigation. The mother of the 21-year-old female, Pamela Branum, noted that she and her husband discovered that there was the potential for a genetic mismatch with their biological daughter, and needed to know who her real father might be.
The University of Utah is providing free paternity testing for all those who used the state fertility clinic during its period of use.