May
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Is this the worst IVF scandal ever?

Brazil’s best-known and most-successful IVF doctor is on the run from police after  being convicted of sexually assaulting or raping 39 female patients between 1995 and 2008. Roger Abdelmassih, 67, was sentenced to 278 years in prison, but fled – apparently to Lebanon – while awaiting appeal.

Abdelmassih helped the soccer legend Pele father a child and his website describes him as “internationally renowned”. He even claims to have had a 50% success rate in helping women under 35 become pregnant. But now an investigation by the Brazilian news magazine Epoca suggests that the babies that these couples took home may not be their biological children. DNA tests have already proved that three of the children are not related to one of the spouses.

Epoca tells the story of a couple who approached Abdelmassih in 1993. After IVF treatment the wife became pregnant. The husband, however, had misgivings… click here to read whole article and make comments




 

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