Woman sues sperm bank over black donor error

CLEVELAND: An Ohio woman has sued a sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she and her partner had intended. The woman is seeking damages and wants to ensure the sperm bank doesn’t make a similar mistake again.

Within days of their wedding in New York, Jennifer Cramblett and Amanda Zinkon had become pregnant with the donor sperm. In April 2012, five months into her pregnancy, Cramblett, 36, called Midwest Sperm Bank LLC outside Chicago to reserve sperm from the same donor in the hope that Zinkon, 29, would someday also have a child. That’s when Cramblett learned from a sperm bank employee that she had been inseminated with sperm from the wrong donor, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday against Midwest Sperm Bank in Illinois. Cramblett said they had chosen sperm from a man known as No. 380, a white donor. The sperm used for insemination came from No. 330, a black donor, she said.The lawsuit seeks a minimum of$50,000 in damages. “They took a personal choice, a personal decision and took it on themselves to make that choice for us out of pure negligence,” Cramblett said.

Cramblett said that she and Zinkon love their 2-year-old daughter, Payton, very much. But they are concerned about raising her in the predominantly white community where they live.

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