I don't know how old you are, but you come across as an old fuddy duddy, like a lot of old guys on this site. First, as you said, your post is pure opinion. For all you know, the donor is just as curious about this as I am, and would be happy to hear from me. Also, you don't know me and you have no clue what I do or do not give thought and concern and empathy to. I'm surprised at the emotion with which some of you old guys are reacting to this. Also, give my donor (lol) a little more credit! I'm sure he considered the fact that a potential offspring might come sniffing around one day. He may be expecting it, sort of like how a guy who murdered somebody 20 years ago always expects a knock at the door...and isn't surprised when, one day, the police come knocking. One thing's for sure - I deserve to know his medical history, any inherited conditions, predispositions, etc. Now go put on your cardigan and watch Wheel of Fortune or something.
Originally Posted By: NHHEMI
I read some of it but good lord it went on and on. Sorry, but I totally think you are being selfish in this. It is all about what you want and what you think. You give no thought or concern I can see to the can of worms you might open for the donor nor do you seem to care about whether he wants to see you. You may want certain things but I do not find it right that you push this. If the donor wanted to see you and know about you I am sure he would have tried to find you. I think all your what if's are fantasy. This isn't someone who got your Mom pregnant and then moved on before you were born and this isn't an adoption where maybe the Dad wasn't even aware you were born or there was a messy divorce and he lost you that way. This is artificial via a donor. A donor I would wager dollars to donuts never intended to see, know about, or talk to any off spring that came about as a result of the donation. I hope for your sake if you keep selfishly pushing this that you don't cause problems for the donor. I would be furious if you showed up. Despite your rose colored glasses view of things I will bet you the overwhelming vast majority of donors do not want to hear from any offspring. From what I see you had a great Mom and a man who acted as your Dad and treated you like his own son. No need to go looking for someone who masturbated into a container. Don't be too upset if you do find out who it was and they want nothing to do with you and/or you cause a lot of problems for the donor with his wife/family. I am sorry and don't mean to be a jerk but I can't stress enough how wrong what you are doing is IMO. Not that you care of course but you did post here so I am simply giving my opinion.
Originally Posted By: john_pifer
Did you read my original post? This was done back in the late '70s when there was little to no regulation and oversight of fertility treatment procedures/AI. The doctor has been dead for 4 years and long retired before that. His practice is closed. There is no record of the donor (that I know of). Again, I'll repeat, all I know is what I was told by my Mom, and she was repeating what the doc told her, which is that the donor was a resident physician at a hospital in Memphis at the time. As far as whether or not he would like to be contacted, a lot changes in 37 years. I can see a young guy in his mid-20s donating sperm in sort of an amused way, thinking it would be kinda neat. Maybe it's some sort of ego trip for him. There's no telling. Personally, I'm very curious, and, if I'd donated sperm, curiosity would get the best of me eventually. I'd want to know if there had been any successful pregnancies achieved through my donations. I'd like to think he's as curious as I am. Furthermore, I have to think that we share some traits and interests, and that we could share a relationship, based on common intellectual interests and recreational interests. I have to think - he's gotta be wondering what ever came of those donations. The fertility doc had a son who is now also in practice as an OB/GYN. That will probably be one of my next steps - to contact him. Also, to try to obtain a yearbook or other records of University of Tennessee College of Medicine students and residents at that time.
Originally Posted By: NHHEMI
I will chime in and say I don't approve of the OP's actions either. No offense to him I just don't like this on many levels. If the OP is dying and needs something from the donor that is one thing. That can be accomplished while keeping the donors identity private however. Has the OP even considered the donor may not want his info given out and he does not want to meet the OP? Has the OP considered maybe the donor is married now and if the wife found out it would be a problem for the donor? Has the OP considered anything other than what he wants? This isn't a dead beat dad. This is a donor who deserves to remain anonymous. Most donors do not wish to meet the kids. Kind of the point. They donate anonymously to help those who can't conceive on their own or maybe it is for money. Either way I am pretty sure they do it with the expectation they are not contacted by the kid. If the OP insists on pursuing this I would ask at the fertility clinic if the donor requested to remain anonymous. If so drop this ASAP. JMHO.