A husband and wife who ordered a home DNA test ‘as a joke’ found their lives changed forever.
Donna and Vanner Johnson from Utah had hoped to learn a bit more about themselves when they ordered the at-home DNA testing kit.
But when they received their results, the couple were shocked to discover that their 12-year-old son was not Vanner’s biological child.
He had been conceived using IVF treatment at a specialist clinic, where there was a mix-up. Donna’s egg was accidentally fertilized using a stranger’s sperm, instead of Vanner’s.
Donna first knew something was wrong when the results said that the couple’s oldest child was only a half-sibling to his younger brother. The results also confirmed that the couple’s two sons were only related through Donna, but not Vanner.
Vanner recalled: “When I looked at that page and saw mum for him and father unknown, I thought, ‘what do you mean, father unknown? I am his father.”
The clinic that carried out the couple’s fertility treatment has since confirmed that a stranger’s sperm was used to fertilize Donna’s egg.
A year later, Donna and Vanner decided to track down their son’s biological father, who had attended the clinic on the same day as them. They have since traveled to meet the man and his partner.
Both couples are now in the process of taking legal action against the fertility clinic in question.
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