THE parents of a teen with “serious mental problems” are suing a sperm bank after it was allegedly revealed their donor was a schizophrenic criminal.
Wendy and Janet Norman had a baby boy in 2002 after buying sperm from Xytex Corporation.
They had previously given birth to a healthy boy in 1998 through another Xytex donor.
The couple chose Donor #9623, who was advertised as being a Ph.D. candidate with an IQ of 160, good mental health and no prior criminal history, it is alleged.
But the pair found out the donor had lied and had been hospitalized on several occasions for mental health problems, including psychotic schizophrenia, according to lawsuit documents.
The suit also alleges that the man – Chris Aggeles, 43, who has allegedly fathered 36 children – had been in trouble with the law, having been arrested multiple times.
In 2005, he was convicted of burglarizing a home and served several months in jail, Atlanta Magazine reports.
As their son grew older, the couple noticed he had inherited severe medical and mental health problems, which has led to him being hospitalized on multiple occasions, it is claimed.
When he was in school he slashed at walls with a knife, threatened to harm his family and rolled around on the floor in class, it’s alleged.
He even jumped off a roof and broken his wrists on one occasion, the suit says.
It is also claimed that the donor did not have any college degree at the time the Normans made the purchase.
In 2017, the couple filed a suit against the sperm bank but had all but one of their claims dismissed by a Fulton County judge.
When an appeal was launched, the Georgia Court of Appeals upheld the county judge’s ruling.
Now the Georgia Supreme Court has partially overturned the ruling, giving the couple the go ahead to proceed with their lawsuit.
The lawsuit names Xytex, its medical doctor at its Atlanta branch and an employee.
The Normans are seeking damages while alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation, battery, negligence unfair business practices, false advertising, unjust enrichment, among others.
The suit also demands that Xytex provides information about the donor.
Nancy Hersh, the couple’s lawyer said: “It feels great and it’s justice.”
But Ted Lavender, the attorney for Xytex, said: “If this case does move forward, Xytex is confident in the actual evidence that exists to refute the allegations.”
The donor has said sorry to parents of the children he fathered for the lies he told.
He said: “I hope the families involved and particularly the children involved, can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”
He told podcast host Dov Fox that what he did was a “s****y thing” and apologized for betraying the trust of the families.
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