A Dutch Man May Have Secretly Fathered Up To 200 Children In The Most Disturbing Way

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One of life’s greatest sorrows can be the quest to have a child when that most natural of processes just doesn’t seem to be happening. But in today’s world, advanced medical techniques can often help turn despair into joy. These days, many people now turn to fertility clinics for assistance.

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Modern methods of helping women who can’t conceive include high-tech procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). Much less sophisticated – though often effective – is the use of donor sperm to achieve pregnancy. Although this can be done informally, a sizeable number of women prefer a fertility clinic to provide the sperm.

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One clinic offering such a service was the Bijdorp fertility clinic in the Netherlands. Located near the city of Rotterdam, the facility was run by a respected doctor called Jan Karbaat. Many people desperate to have children turned to Dr. Karbaat in the 1980s and ’90s. Indeed, the clinic is said to have aided some 10,000 conceptions during its period of operation from 1980 to 2009.

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