A couple in Ohio are suing a fertility clinic after a DNA test revealed that their adult daughter was mistakenly fathered by another man.
Mike and Jeanine Harvey learned the shocking truth about their daughter Jessica’s paternity after gifting her a genealogical DNA test for Christmas in 2020.
Jessica, who was conceived via IVF treatment, was allegedly fathered by a stranger after another man’s sperm was mistakenly used in place of Mr Harvey’s during the insemination process.
The family has sued the Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health System and Dr. Nicholas Spirtos, the specialist who performed the procedure in 2001.
Finding the truth with paternity testing
The case of Mike and Jeanine Harvey, which has received widespread coverage around the world, highlights the important role that paternity testing can play in identifying a child’s true parentage.
In most cases, a couple expecting a child together will know who the father is. However, there are some circumstances where a paternity test can help you find out the truth.
Perhaps you’re a mom who’s unsure of who your child’s father is?
Maybe you’ve paid for IVF treatment and want to check that the procedure has been performed correctly?
Or you’re a new father who wants a paternity test for peace of mind?
Whatever your reasons for ordering a paternity test, advances in medical science mean that there are many options available for parents who have questions.
As an accredited testing laboratory, AlphaBiolabs provides two non-invasive options for peace of mind paternity testing:
- Paternity DNA Test – priced at $119 with simple cheek swabs required from the potential father and the child. Results emailed in 3-5 working days.
- Prenatal DNA Paternity test – priced at $975. This test can be performed from as early as seven weeks into pregnancy. Cheek swabs are required from the potential father, plus cheek swabs and a blood sample from mom. Results emailed in 7-8 working days.
Unlike a court-ordered paternity test, which follows strict rules for sample collection, a peace of mind paternity test is one you can perform yourself at home, using the kit that AlphaBiolabs sends to the address of your choice.
The secure, confidential results of your test are shared with you for your own peace of mind but are inadmissible in court proceedings.
For prenatal paternity tests, mom’s blood sample needs to be drawn by a medical professional.
Why choose AlphaBiolabs for your paternity test?
Do you have questions about your child’s paternity?
With AlphaBiolabs, you can get the answers you need from an accredited laboratory that meets the very highest international standards for laboratory testing.
Our tests analyze up to 42 DNA markers to determine which half of the child’s DNA is inherited from the father. All tests are shipped to you in discreet packaging with secure, password-protected results emailed to you for full confidentiality.
You can order your paternity test online today. For more information you can also call 727-325-2902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our Customer Services team will be in touch.
Alternatively, use our Live Chat to speak to a support specialist now.
Photo credit: The Harvey family