Kristina Koedderich and her children.
Kristina Koedderich and her children.

Parents sue after having Asian baby

A white couple from New Jersey in the US, who had a daughter through IVF, were stunned when the baby developed "Asian features" - and a DNA test proved the husband was not the father, according to their lawsuit against the clinic.

Kristina Koedderich and Drew Wasilewski, who are now divorced, went to the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas in 2012 and spent $727,641 ($US500,000) for treatment, according to the court papers filed in Essex County Superior Court.

Their daughter was born in 2013 and "a couple years later, they noticed the baby started having Asian features", the couple's lawyer David Mazie of Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman, told the New York Post.

A DNA test in 2015 confirmed that there was "0 per cent probability" that Drew, 49, was his daughter's biological father, according to the suit.

The clinic's negligence caused "the breakdown of the marriage between Kristina and Drew Wasilewski," claims the suit.

Superior Court Judge Keith Lynott last month ordered the clinic to hand over a list of men who donated sperm about the same time the couple used the facility - in the hopes of narrowing down who the girl's biological father is.


Kristina Koedderich and her children.
Kristina Koedderich and her children.

The parents want to know whose sperm was used so they can learn about their daughter's genetic history, who is now 6, in case she wants to have a relationship with her biological dad in the future.

"They love her very much, but it's a very sensitive and very stressful situation for them," Mr Mazie said.

They also want to know if Mr Wasilewski's semen was used for someone else's IVF treatment.

The couple is seeking unspecified monetary damages, saying the clinic's mistake caused "great pain, suffering, permanent injuries and disabilities, as well as the loss of enjoyment of the quality of life"

A Saint Barnabas Medical Center spokesperson told Patch it don't comment on litigation matters.

Last month, an Ohio couple who also went through IVF treatment filed a lawsuit claiming their clinic used a stranger's sperm to father their now 24-year-old daughter.