Dad discovers child is not related to him 30 years after fertility clinic mix up

After 30 years a dad has discovered that his daughter is not related to him after a mix up in a fertility clinic.

In a hope to start a family, Jeanie and John 'Mike' Harvey went to a fertility clinic at Akron City Hospital in Cleveland to start a family.

In 1991, following an IUI procedure – where the sperm is placed directly in a patient's uterus – the couple became pregnant.

The pair welcomed a baby girl, Jessica in 1992.

However, three decades later it has been discovered that Mike is not actually Jessica's father as the family claim someone else's sperm was used, according to a lawsuit filed on February 2.

The family are suing Dr Nicholas J Spirtos who was then working as chief of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and In Vitro Fertilization/Embryo Transfer at Summa Health System.

The complaint is accusing the hospital of malpractice, fraud and negligence.

Earlier this week, Jeanine explained her shock of having a baby girl.

She said: "Our goal couldn't have been clearer, we wanted a child who is genetically related to both of us.

"Harvey girls were very rare in the family, so we were so excited. I screamed and scared the doctors half to death when she was born."

In 2020, they realised something was wrong after buying their daughter and her husband DNA tests for Christmas.

Jessica's father has Italian heritage and she hoped doing the tests could trace her distant family members so she could connect with them as she went travelled around Europe.

She said: "How cool, we thought, it would be to connect with distant relatives in the countries that we might be visiting."

The lawsuit claims Jessica has links to her mother's side of the family but nothing her father's.

The complaint says: "Subsequent investigation revealed that her biological father is a man who, along with his wife, was undergoing fertility treatments with Dr. (Nicholas J.) Spirtos at Summa Akron City Hospital at the same time as the Harveys."

Despite the shocking news Jeanine says nothing has changed.

She added: "Mike's my husband. Jessica's our daughter. There's no DNA test that will change this.

"We as a family hope that by sharing our family, putting our private lives out there in the public eye that we might be able to help others and prevent this from happening to them."

System director of Corporate Communications for Summa Health System, Mike Bernstein, said they take the "allegations seriously."

He said in a statement to People: "We are aware of an allegation that has been made claiming in 1991 a patient was artificially inseminated with the semen from a person who is not her husband.

"We take this allegation seriously and understand the impact this has on the family."

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