'U' Elaborates on Sample Switch Report, Family 'Disappointed'
(KUTV) The University of Utah said its approach to a vexing sperm switching case surrounding a worker at a long closed U-linked fertility clinic is "transparent."
But the Branum family of Texas, whose daughter was conceived decades ago in a sample swap at the defunct Reproductive Medical Technologies, called a newly-released university report on the switch "cursory, biased and incomplete."
2News told you about the report, the night before the university made it public. A three physician review panel found the U owed the family an apology, and that the university should continue to offer paternity tests for families which wonder if the now deceased worker---and sperm donor---Tom Lippert might be the biological father of their kids.
The report also said the university "should not attempt to contact patients who were clients of the Community Laboratory during the time Mr. Lippert was an employee." The panelists reasoned that could cause more harm than good, apparently out of concern some offspring might never have been told their parents used the services of a fertility lab.
"The university has decided the best way to get past this is to be transparent, to accept responsibility where it should lie," said Dr. Jeffrey Botkin, Chief of the U-of-U Division of Medical Ethics, and a member of the review committee. "The Branum family deserves our apology, and our compassion and understanding."
But in a release Thursday, the Branums seemed to be looking for more. "We are disappointed by what we perceive as a cursory, biased and incomplete investigation," they wrote. "We call for investigation by an outside agency.
The family said other families who were clients of Community Lab/RMTI should be notified that sperm may have been swapped in conceiving their children.
The U said the chances of Lippert's sample winding up in the gene pool of other families "might be very low," and the investigation did not uncover whether the Branum switch was intentional or an accident. Reviewers could not talk to Lippert---who had a criminal history---he died in the late 90s.
Still, the university is now poised to investigate another confirmed sperm swap.
Diane MacAfee suspected Lippert's sperm may have been used to conceive her son, so she asked the university for a paternity test.
It showed her chosen donor, whose sample was used for her daughter, but not her son.
2News asked Dr. Botkin if the sample came from Lippert; and he responded, "No it was not Tom Lippert."
He said the source is "unknown at this point."
Even if the U learns who it was, the MacAfee family may not learn his identity.
Family members may have had general information about him before the artificial insemination, and because of confidentiality provisions, that might be all they get now.
Tooele Man Charged with Abusing and Neglecting Elderly Parents
(KUTV) A Tooele man is in jail, accused of beating his elderly father and providing unsanitary living conditions for both of his parents.
State prosecutors charged Bret Mattinson, 56, who is responsible for his parents' care, with abuse and neglect or exploitation of an elderly adult.
Staff at Mountain West Medical Center called Tooele police, who found Mattinson's 82-year-old father seriously injured.
Mattinson, who was with his father at the hospital, told investigators his father had fallen and hit his head on a coffee table and end table, cutting his ear. The father, however, appeared to have many more bruises on his face and body in various stages of healing, according to arresting documents.
"There was a black eye. There was some bruising under his chin in the neck area that was indicative of being grabbed by the throat, punched in the eye. Just obvious signs of physical abuse," said Tooele police Capt. Paul Wimmer. "The mother did indicate that she had seen her son punch and strike the father on numerous occasions."
The father also had abrasions, a fractured rib and possible bleeding on the brain from past head trauma, the documents show. He was malnourished and dehydrated.
Officers visited the home that all three share and reported unhygienic living conditions."The home was very unkept. There was a bucket used to go to the bathroom in, and this bucket wasn't cleaned out regularly," Wimmer said. "Officers reported it smelled of urine and feces."
The mother said she cannot walk and must use the bucket instead of the bathroom. She defended her son when speaking to 2News, despite her statements to officers. "He might take my neck like this," she said, putting both hands around her throat, "but he wouldn't hurt me."
She said her husband and son often argue because her husband yells at both of them.
"He was just horsing around, taking Dad's lip so much," she said. "I'm just really scared that he will stay in jail, and then I won't have anyone to help me."
Her husband was moved from the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital to a nursing home, she said.
Neighbor and former friend Brad Fuell wasn't surprised by Mattinson's arrest. "It was a good thing, because I've been over there before, and the way he was treating him, I didn't like it all," Fuell said. "I confronted him about it, but, you know, there's nothing that I could really do about it."
Fuell, whose wife asked him to stop spending time with Mattinson about two years ago, said he witnessed Mattinson verbally abusing his parents.
"When I've been over there fixing their air conditioner, I could hear him yelling back at them," Fuell said. "I don't think Bret should be allowed back around his parents for their safety."
The mother's bishop is checking on her and helping care for her, police said. Adult Protective Services will also work with both parents to keep them safe, Wimmer said.
"People often don't know what other options there would be. Sometimes they believe this is their sole source of care and they just have to deal with it and accept that as the care available to them. Unfortunately in this circumstance, their caregiver is also their abuser," Wimmer said. "It's always disturbing to see family members preying upon other family members, and that's definitely what we have here."
(KUTV) A Utah State University barrel racing champion has become a miracle rider. The 23 year old was once told by doctors she would never ride again but now she's not only riding she's winning.
In early 2010 Amberley Snyder was at the top of her game in barrel racing and roping; she was on her way to a competition when she crashed her truck and flew through the window.
Doctors told her her riding days where over; but that didn't stop her from getting back on the saddle.
Amberley has two horses: Power, her barrel racer; and Wrangler, her calf roping horse; in order to ride them Amberley built her own custom saddle and learned to saddle up by herself. Once on her horse, she buckles up and velcros her legs down tight so they won't flop around, then she's off and running.
Amberley said, "When I get on my horse I get to leave my wheelchair at the trailer I get to be like everybody else. My horse becomes my legs, I get to run a barrel pattern or rope a calf like every other girl the
Amberley started riding when she was 3 years old and won her first competition at 7. At 18 years old she was at the top of her game. In the fall of 2009 she won the worlds and finals all-around title.
But then, on January 10, 2010 her life forever changed. She rolled her truck going 75 mph and was thrown from her truck. She hit a fence post which broke her back paralyzing her from the waist down. She said after the accident one paramedic told her that not wearing her seat belt cost her her leg
s. Amberley said, "Honestly it was harder for me to hear I wouldn't ride again than it was for me to hear I wouldn't walk again." But Amberley wasn't about to call it quits. She worked hard and eventually got back on that saddle. Through the months and years she has retrained Power and Wrangler to respond to her sounds rather than her legs.
Now she's got her game back. Today Amberley is in the top 5 of 70 girls in the region and continues to work on improving her time.
By: Dan Rascon Written and Produced By: Angie Denison
Tribune Advertising Revenue Slashed By Recent Desert News Deal
(KUTV) Fans of the Salt Lake Tribune say the paper is in danger of dying. A new deal made by the New York hedge fund that owns the Tribune has taken money from the paper, and may leave it too poor to survive.
State Senator Jim Dabakis from Salt Lake City says the Salt Lake Tribune is dying. The owners, a New York hedge fund have made a deal with the Tribune's rival, the Deseret News.
Under the old deal the Tribune got 58% of combined ad revenue, under the new deal the Tribune only gets 30 percent.
Sen. Dabakis is leading a petition to ask the federal Department of Justice to stop the deal. You can sign up on save here: http://www.savethetribune.com/
Governor Herbert Calls Bundy Comments 'Despicable'
(KUTV) Governor Gary Herbert called rancher Cliven Bundy's recent racist comments 'despicable' in a press conference Thursday - and called for calm, saying both militias and the federal government needed to back off.
Americans came close to violence in the Nevada cattle-battle earlier this year, when Bundy refused to pay grazing fees.
At a KUED news conference in Nevada Thursday, Governor Herbert offered advice to both sides.
"Count to 10, bite your lip, and back down," he said.
The New York Times reports Cliven Bundy made comments about African American people being "better off under slavery."
"I've heard the racist comments," Governor Herbert said, "I think those are from ignorance and are despicable and offensive.
The Governor also said Utahns should have frustrations over public land, but Nevada's problems should spread to Utah - saying Utah is not part of the troubles in Nevada.
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