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Mother shares fears about alleged semen switch at Utah fertility clinic

Rattled Texas mother says the U. owes her someanswers about an alleged semen switch in 1991.

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But, "the flip side is we wouldn’t have our daughter if this didn’t happen," Pamela said. "And she’s just the most wonderful person ever."

Annie seems to have gotten only the best of Lippert. Pamela says she is not remotely cruel, moody or unattractive, but like Lippert — a law professor by 26 — she is whip-smart. She began talking in sentences by a year old, and she shares Lippert’s father’s ability to play songs by ear on a piano.

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The family sometimes wondered from whom Annie had gotten her long, elegant fingers. Pamela says, "Annie would look down at her hands and say, ‘Whose hands are these?’ "

The astrophysics major at the University of Texas-San Antonio was characteristically quick to recover from the shock and soon worried most about getting into the classes she wanted, Pamela says.

By going public, the Branums hope to inform other RMTI patients whose samples may have been compromised.

"We could have so easily just kept this quiet," Pamela says. "This isn’t something that you want to shout from the top of the tower about. But we didn’t think for too many moments [before deciding] that we can’t let this happen to other families."

Genealogy blogger CeCe Moore has created a website for those with concerns, titled "Was Your Child Fathered by Thomas Lippert?" Two people have already contacted Pamela through that site, she says. "They went there during that time frame, and they’re wondering, ‘Should I go and get my child tested?’ "

The U. has offered free testing for concerned families, who can also call the University of Utah Andrology Lab at 801-587-5852 with questions.


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