It sounds like a fertility horror movie, and for some families, what has occurred at a Utah fertility clinic is the definition of a nightmare. A former fertility clinic that was run by the University of Utah, the Reproductive Medical Technologies Clinic, is now investigating some horrible allegations. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Several families there think that a former employee of the clinic and a convicted felon, Tom Lippert, swapped out semen samples for his own sperm, potentially fathering children who have no clue.
While working as a college professor at the University of Utah, Lippert also worked at the clinic. This was after his two-year prison term for a crime in which he kept a college co-ed in a black box for three weeks, and used electroshock therapy on her. (Apparently, there weren’t many hiring restrictions back then, huh?)
Now, after a family looking into a genetic mismatch they found in their 21-year-old daughter traced her lineage back to Tom Lippert, the University is fielding calls from frightened families, all afraid that their children might have really been fathered by this convicted felon as well. So, what can be done?
That’s the bad part. There is really nothing that can be done about this horrible tragedy. Why? Because the Reproductive Medical Technologies Clinic closed down in 1992, and Tom Lippert died in 1999. All the records from the clinic have since been destroyed. For the family who realized that Tom Lippert was actually their daughter’s biological father, they say they are actually glad that he’s dead.
Pam Branum says that a genetic test has proven that Tom Lippert is the biological father of her daughter Annie. Pam says that she actually remembered Tom from the clinic, because of the collection of baby pictures that he kept at his desk. Pam Braum says that she remembers commenting on the pictures, to which Tom Lippert replied “Those are all the babies I have helped couples to have”, with a smile. Chilling, isn’t it?
The university has set up a hotline for families concerned about the potential mixup at the clinic and so far, 17 families have called in. However, there really isn’t much that the University can do. However, Pam Branum believes that the University isn’t serious about the investigation and that they are downplaying the seriousness of it. Branum also says that she fears the university is covering up the possibility of a wider scandal.