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Fertility Doctor Does Unthinkable: Uses His Sperm


Dr. Ben Ramaley is a fertility doctor who’s practice is based in Greenwich, Connecticut. He has been accused of doing the unthinkable - using his own sperm in an artificial insemination procedure rather than the patient’s husband's.

The case began in 2002 when Ramaley was practicing in New York. A mixed race couple came to him for help in conceiving. She became pregnant after several artificial insemination attempts. The couple, a Caucasian woman and black man, then welcomed twins into their life. The twins were very fair-skinned for babies of a mixed race couple.

The couple had DNA testing done in March 2004 at the suggestion of the twins' pediatrician. The testing showed that {the wife} was the mother but that {the husband} was not the biological father.

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In 2005, the couple sued Dr Ramaley, claiming that he inserted his own sperm when performing artificial insemination on the wife. The suit was quickly settled out of court with a gag order imposed.

Ramaley never submitted to a sperm test himself, but did not contest the claim that sperm belonging to someone other than the husband had been accidentally used. He agreed in 2008 to pay a $10,000 fine and lost his New York license.

The case has resurfaced after the Connecticut Public Health Department heard of the case, and investigated Dr Ramaley. Lindy Urso, a lawyer investigating the case, is reported to have said the Health Department should have demanded that the doctor take a DNA test at the time to see whether he was the biological father of the little girls.

For patient advocates, Ramaley's story is a prime example of why increased transparency is needed in the state health-care system.