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The Barwin Babies: W5

Catalogue Number:  CTV756
Producer:  CTV
Producing Agencies:  CTV
Subject:  Canadian Social Issues, Criminal Justice & Law, Current Events, Drama, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Medicine, Science, Social Issues
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary, Adult, Educators
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2018
Running Time:  36:00
Closed Captions:  Yes

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W5's Avery Haines speaks to two young women whose lifelong belief that they were only children was shattered by a bombshell discovery. Dozens of alleged victims have been linked to sperm donor 'mix-ups' associated with Norman Barwin. A class-action lawsuit has been launched.

In total, 50 people have now come forward to claim that they are a product of Dr. Barwin’s nightmarish “mix-ups.” There’s no telling how many more there may be, but the lawyers behind the class-action lawsuit are advising every single one of Dr. Barwin’s patients, over the last four decades, to get a DNA test to be certain of their genetic makeup. 

Until his fall from grace, Dr. Norman Barwin was known in fertility circles as “The Baby God” — the man who worked magic to get his patients pregnant. A married father of four, he was a pillar of the Jewish and arts community in Ottawa, a philanthropist who was awarded the Order of Canada. He was born in South Africa and trained in Ireland.

Includes W5 Exclusive Interview:

Former Ottawa fertility doctor Norman Barwin speaks about the lawsuits launched against him. (15:00)

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