A mum is suing a sperm bank after she was mistakenly sent a black man's sperm and gave birth to a mixed-race daughter.
Jennifer Cramblett, 36, says the mistake has been compounded by the fact that she lives in a small, all-white town in northeast Ohio.
In her lawsuit, Jennifer says Midwest Sperm Bank sent her several vials of a black man's sperm by mistake because the clinic keeps paper records and accidentally transposed numbers on her order.
She and her lesbian partner, Amanda Zinkon, 29 – who had married months earlier, in 2012 - had specifically chosen a white donor to be the father of their child.
Midwest Sperm Bank charged $400 per vial of semen and the couple received six vials of the wrong semen.
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The lawsuit says the clinic later sent Jennifer an apology note and a refund for the six vials - though charged her for the vials of the correct semen she received.
Jennifer said she has 'limited cultural competency relative to African-Americans' and worries that her daughter Payton will not be accepted in her hometown of Uniontown.
The lawsuit states: "Jennifer lives each day with fears, anxieties and uncertainty about her future and Payton's future."
Jennifer said she and Amanda love their daughter, who is now two years old, but said they're now considering moving to a more diverse community.
In her lawsuit, Jennifer says that some of her family are racist and that one uncle openly makes racist comments.
The lawsuit adds: "Payton has hair typical of an African American girl. To get a decent cut, Jennifer must travel to a black neighborhood, far from where she lives, where she is obviously different in appearance, and not overtly welcome,' according to the lawsuit."
Jennifer said she grew up in a small town and didn't meet a black person until she attended college.
She now lives in Uniontown, population 2,802, and fears Payton will be the only non-white child in class when the time comes for her to attend school.
Jennifer said her family has difficulty accepting the fact that she is gay and encourage her to hide her sexual orientation when she is around them.
But she said that no matter what she does, Payton can't hide her race – and nor should she have to.
Jennifer is alleging breach of warranty and wrongful birth. Midwest Sperm Bank haven't commented on the case.
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