A Canadian fertility doctor has been accused of infusing women with the wrong type of sperm. He also used his own. A settlement was possible in a class action lawsuit that has been ongoing for years and involved hundreds of victims. It was announced Wednesday by Norman Barwin, former physician. His medical license was suspended in 2019.
Davina Dixon (Daniel Dixon) and Rebecca Dixon started the class-action lawsuit in 2016. In 1989, Davina Dixon and Daniel sought medical assistance from Barwin. He performed artificial insemination for the parents.
However, in 2016 the family discovered through a DNA test that Barwin is Rebecca’s biological father, according to a statement issued Wednesday from a law firm representing victims in the case.
Barwin claims that 100 of the 100 children of his patients do not have the DNA of their “intended father,” which includes 17 of Barwin’s biological children and 83 of those who don’t know their biological father.
Barwin is the subject of allegations dating back to 1970. These allegations concern patients who were seen at the Ottawa General Hospital or another local clinic.
The settlement will provide payments for families and individuals who received the incorrect sperm sample during artificial inseminations. It must be approved by a Canadian court in November. The settlement also includes funds for those whose sperm was taken by Barwin from the wrong mother or family.
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The settlement funds will also be used to operate a DNA database that includes victims who have given Barwin semen or individuals who want to confirm their father’s identity.
Barwin denied any wrongdoing in relation to the allegations. In the proposed settlement, Barwin states that he “continues denial all of Plaintiffs’ claims” as well as denies any “liability whatsoever”.
According to the document, Barwin accepted the settlement in order to “eliminate the risk and time-consuming litigation.”