Wednesday, January 22 2014, 05:55 PM MST
University of Utah to Review Sperm Bank Mix-Up
(KUTV) The University of Utah now admits it bears more responsibility than previously thought in a sperm switch case that rocked a family from Texas.
The family discovered that a convicted felon, working in the lab that handled sperm samples, actually fathered their daughter.
University of Utah Healthcare says it takes full responsibility for a sperm sample switch that resulted in lab worker and felon Tom Lippert fathering a patients child in the 1990's.
The Branum family of Texas used the University Community Lab and Reproductive Medical Technologies Inc, or RMTI, to help with fertility problems. Two places we now know shared the same space, the same administrators and the same staff.
Tom Lippert worked for both labs. The university says his employment records show a good employee, deserving of a raise. Until the 90's when it appears things got shaky.
Lippert left the lab not long after. He's since passed away. But left in his wake, a mystery that university of Utah healthcare says it now must help solve.
The hospital has formed a panel of doctors to review the case, protocols, ethical issues and newly discovered records.
And an independent medical ethicist will review their work. So far 15 people have called a University hotline for patients with questions or concerned, but the hospital estimates hundreds to a thousand more could be affected.
The university has a web site and a hotline available for patients with questions. You can go to http://healthcare.utah.edu/community-lab-facts/ or call 801-587-5852 with any questions.
The hospital says it's actively searching for any records that might help clear up the confusion surrounding this case and that at the end of its investigation, it will share its findings with the public.
By Roxeanne Vainuku
(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)