The Barwin Babies: W5
Catalogue Number: CTV756
Subject: Canadian Social Issues, Criminal Justice & Law, Current Events, Drama, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Medicine, Science, Social Issues
Grade Level: Post Secondary, Adult, Educators
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2018
Running Time: 36
Closed Captions: Yes
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.
Former Ottawa fertility doctor Norman Barwin speaks about the lawsuits launched against him. (15:00)
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