Fourth fertility doctor identified who used own sperm to father children

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The Volkskrant has uncovered yet another case of a gynaecologist using his own sperm in fertility treatment, this time in Den Bosch.

The paper says the doctor, named as Henk Nagel, fathered at least one child between 1977 and 1985 while working at the city’s Carolus hospital.

The case came to light when a donor child used a dna bank to try to find his biological father, and found a link to relatives of the gynaecologist.

The hospital, now part of the Jeroen Bosch hospital group, said it is investigating if there are other cases. The situation is unacceptable and incomprehensible, chairman Piet-Hein Buiting told the VK.

Nagel is the fourth Dutch fertility doctor known to have used his own sperm to father children. However, the foundation representing donor children, Stichting Donorkind, told television current affairs show Nieuwsuur last week that more cases are likely. It wants a major investigation into sperm donation up to 2004.

Prior to 2004, sperm donations could be made anonymously but since then, children have the legal right to know who their donor father is.

Last week it emerged that a gynaecologist from Leiden conceived at least 21 children by using his own sperm for fertility treatment. Two others, Jan Wildschut, who worked in Zwolle, and Jan Karbaat, from Rotterdam, fathered at least 40 children between the 1970s and the 1990s.

Dutch law limits the number of children that can be conceived from one sperm donor to 25.

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