A sperm bank’s website has been blocked after a woman gave birth to a child with dwarfism, having picked a ‘6ft donor’.
The woman – whose identity remains private – chose a father for her child from pictures of donors.
Following the payment for the sperm, she underwent successful IVF treatment at her private Moscow clinic.
According to reports, the woman was attracted to the donor’s fair-haired looks, higher education, and height over 6ft.
At more than 40-years-old she believed this was her last shot at having a kid.
However, a Moscow court heard in the later stages of pregnancy, the unborn boy was detected with suspected achondroplasia, a rare incurable disease suffered by one child in 20,000 that triggers dwarfism.
Following the birth she was told her son, now 2, would grow to an adult height of roughly 4ft, and that his limbs and facial features would not develop “correctly”.
The woman has since said she wants to warn other sperm bank customers of the possible ‘risks.’
Koptevsky district court ordered the blocking of the website of Danish sperm bank Cryos in Russia as a result.
Furthermore, Health watchdog Roszdravnadzor said it was not satisfied with case details handed over by the sperm bank.
These included a “medical genetic examination” of the donor, analysis of his “mental and physical condition” and a family tree with information concerning relatives.
“However, it is not possible to confirm the reliability of the information received,” said the watchdog.
The company claims to screen donors for 46 of the most common recessive genetic diseases.
The sperm bank told Moskovsky Komsomolets (MK) newspaper that all the sperm it supplied was of excellent quality “but we are not responsible for the mistakes of the clinics” which actually undertake the IVF treatment.
“We only know that our biomaterial is of high quality,” the paper was informed.
The clinic refused to comment.