Corboy & Demetrio Files Emergency Petition to Investigate Destruction of Sperm by Northwestern

July 16, 2012

For Immediate Release

The Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio has filed an Emergency Bill of Discovery to investigate why the frozen sperm of three patients were destroyed while in possession of Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation and/or Northwestern Memorial Hospital, both Respondents in the case.

The petitioners had their sperm preserved because they suffered illnesses or were undergoing medical treatments that would likely render them infertile.

“On behalf of these petitioners, we have undertaken this unique legal device to determine how and why this catastrophic failure occurred with Northwestern’s cryogenic systems.  The failure resulted in a breach of both contractual and common law care owed to the victims and potential tragic loss of the ability to have a family,” said Corboy & Demetrio partner Michael K. Demetrio, who is representing the petitioners.

In one case, James Doe, a 33-year-old man, has leukemia and was told that his radical chemotherapy treatments would likely make him sterile.   Preserving his sperm may have been his only chance to naturally have a child.

In another case, Joseph Doe, 26-years-old, suffers from an illness that could render him infertile, and although he is not married, decided to freeze his sperm in planning to become a husband and father.

And in a third case, John Doe, a 48-year-old man, had his sperm preserved because he too suffers from an illness that could render him infertile.

“Northwestern admitted there was a failure and it adversely affected the specimen of all three victims.  They are entitled to find out how and when this happened,” said Matthew T. Jenkins, a Corboy & Demetrio lawyer also handling the case.

The Bill of Discovery was filed in order to preserve, protect and investigate all aspects of any potential cause of action arising from the damage and/or loss of specimens the three men stored  in order to gain access to all information about the operation and maintenance of Northwestern’ s cryopreservation and storage system, according to Demetrio.

Case information:  Joseph Doe; John Doe and Jane Doe and James and Janet Doe v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, Cook County Circuit Court Chancery Division, filed July 16, 2012.


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