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Woman Sues Sperm Bank After Major Mix-Up

Woman sues sperm bank after being sent the wrong sperm

An Ohio mom has slapped the Midwest Sperm Bank with a lawsuit after they allegedly committed "the one mistake you never make" when you’re in the sperm bank business—delivering the wrong sperm. (Ooof.)

Jennifer Cramblett says she and her partner Amanda Zinkon had very carefully selected their donor—a Caucasian man listed as No. 380—three years ago, before Cramblett was inseminated and became pregnant. But it wasn't long before she discovered a careless mix-up had happened back at the lab. Instead of getting No. 380 delivered to her, Cramblett was unknowingly sent No. 330, who is African-American.

"All of the thought, care and planning that she and Amanda had undertaken to control their baby's parentage had been rendered meaningless," the lawsuit states. It also claims that the mistake happened due to the sperm bank's reliance on handwritten records. Unfortunately, someone's "380" sure looked a lot like "330."

Don't get it wrong, though—Cramblett says she and her partner love their now-two-year-old daughter Payton to bits. But they want to make sure this kind of avoidable mishap doesn't happen to another family.

"I'm not going to sit back and let this ever happen to anyone ever again," Cramblett told NBC News. "You can't just do that and say, 'Well, you got a baby ... so you should be happy. Lesbian couples can't have a baby anyway.'"

To complicate matters, Cramblett and Zinkon just so happen to live in Uniontown, Ohio, where the population is 98 percent white, and as the lawsuit implies, is not particularly accepting of minorities. In fact, she cites in her lawsuit that she has to travel far, to a black community, just so her daughter can get her hair cut.

"There are things I don't feel I have the background to even know. ... Things we have to go out and research and talk to people and figure out how to do, as simple as a daily chore of doing your hair," Cramblett told CNN.

She also notes that many of their relatives are "unconsciously insensitive" to other races, which has created some tension. As a result, Payton's therapists have suggested she move her family to a more racially diverse community. (Good idea.)

"I want my child to be raised around people that maybe look like her, and unfortunately, we are not going to get all of those assets there in Uniontown, Ohio," she continued. "We want her to grow up in a community where she feels accepted, feels like it's normal to be who she is."

The Midwest Sperm Bank, which is based in Downers Grove, Ill., has since apologized and issued a refund check for the six vials of incorrect sperm. But obviously, it's too little, too late, considering Cramblett said they were initially pretty insensitive about the mix-up.

Photo via Chicago Tribune

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