A MUM has shared her fears her two children might inherit the rare Fragile X syndrome after the sperm donor never mention he had it.
James MacDougall, 37, has fathered 15 children to gay women without telling them he suffers from an incurable genetic condition.
MacDougall has fathered 15 children without telling their mums about his condition
The 37-year-old suffers from the Fragile X syndrome, a rare genetic conditionCredit: Getty
And even though a judge decided to reveal his identity to stop other women from using him as a sperm donor, he insists he “did a good thing”.
A 24-year-old mum from Derbyshire, who has had two children using MacDougall’s sperm donations after spotting his advert on social media, now fears the condition may have been passed to her daughter.
She told Mail Online: “I feel angry that James may have passed this on to my daughter.
“He never mentioned it. He should have told me about his condition but he didn’t and I blame him.”
She added: “I have read up on the syndrome and she has a lot of traits, she isn’t talking, she hates bright lights and the school has picked this up and raised concerns. It can also stop them having babies.
“I’m waiting for her to be tested and to have speech and language therapy but there is a massive backlog because of Covid.
“I feel angry that James may have passed this on to her. “
The mum, who paid MacDougall £10 for travel expenses has now warned other women saying she didn’t think “he’ll ever stop trying to donate sperm”.
MacDougall’s identity was revealed after he requested the courts to spend some time with four of the children he fathered, aged up to three.
Mrs Justice Lieven, sitting at Derby, denied him parental responsibility and said he should be named to stop other women from using him as a sperm donor.
The genetic condition, which is inheritable, leads to low IQ, and developmental delay, and cannot be cured.
MacDougall advertised private sperm donations on social media
What is Fragile X syndrome?
FRAGILE X Syndrome is a genetic condition that that affects around 1 in 4,000 males and 1 in 6,000 females.
It can cause various difficulties with learning, social, attentional, language, behavioural and emotional problems.
Some may also have connective tissue issues like difficulty breastfeeding, hyper flexibility, hypotonia, recurrent ear infections, mitral valve prolapse and flat feet.
Around 1 in 3 people with Fragile X Syndrome are also diagnosed with autism.
Though there is currently no cure for it, there is a range of treatments and management strategies.
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