It reads like a Hollywood movie script.
Jan Karbaat was a well-known IVF doctor in the Rotterdam suburb of Barendrecht. For many years, the Dutch doctor helped countless women become impregnated in the clinic behind his home.
Then in 2009, the clinic was closed down due to irregularities. According to the Telegraph, authorities alleged Karbaat had falsified data and donor descriptions, and exceeded the permitted limit of six children per a donor.
But the full extent of Karbaat’s dodgy behaviour wouldn’t come to light until after his death in 2017.
When the 89-year-old died two years ago, dozens of people came forward claiming to be his offspring. The group, which would become known as the ‘Karbaat children’, alleged the doctor had illegally used his own sperm to impregnate their mothers without their consent.
As The Guardian reports, some of the children looked nothing like their apparent donors and instead bore a striking resemblance to Karbaat.
On hearing about the claims, Karbaat’s widow initially denied access to his DNA, which was locked in a safe. The group then took legal action against Karbaat and the now defunct clinic and a judge ruled that they should have access to the DNA for paternity testing.