Taking the God Complex to an entirely new level, Dr. Ben Ramaley was sued for allegedly using his own sperm instead of his patient’s husband’s during an artificial insemination procedure that resulted in the birth of twin girls. According to an investigation by the Greenwich Time newspaper:
Hundreds of women have trusted him with their bodies, and their dreams of motherhood. Many depend on him as their doctor today. But for nearly seven years, none of Dr. Ben D. Ramaley’s patients have known that the prominent obstetrician/gynecologist had been accused of an almost unimaginable act – substituting his own sperm for that of a patient’s husband during an artificial insemination procedure.
The allegation was made against the veteran Greenwich doctor in a 2005 medical malpractice lawsuit – which was quickly settled, then sealed, the very court documents shredded. The suit was filed by a couple when a DNA test revealed that the husband was not the biological father of their twin girls, born after an insemination procedure performed by Ramaley.
The state Department of Public Health investigated after the lawsuit, but did not order Ramaley to undergo a DNA test – even though state law appears to give the department authority to do so. Instead, in a 2008 consent agreement negotiated with Ramaley’s attorney, they fined the doctor $10,000 for “using the wrong man’s sperm” in the procedure and allowed him to keep an unrestricted license. The lawsuit was settled before Ramaley had to answer questions. Through a letter from his attorney, Ramaley denied the accusation to the Department of Public Health during its investigation. Contacted this week outside his Southport clinic, Ramaley said he had no comment.
The case began in 2002 when a woman visited Ramaley, 61, at Brookside Greenwich Ob-Gyn Associates to have an intrauterine insemination performed. She brought a sample of her husband’s sperm and the hope that the treatment might help the couple get pregnant. Nine months later, she gave birth to twin girls.
It should have been a joyous occasion, but the mixed-race couple quickly noticed something wasn’t right. The twins had a strikingly fair complexion that seemed impossible, considering their father was black. Their appearance was so uncharacteristic of the couple that people frequently asked if the twins were adopted, according the lawsuit. After several months of speculation and anxiety, the couple sought a paternity test in March 2004. The husband was not the twins’ biological father.
The couple filed a lawsuit several months later. One count alleged that Ramaley, identified in the suit only as Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Ben Ramaley still has a practice, Southport Women’s Healthcare, at 2600 Post Road in Fairfield. “Dr. Roe,” had not only used the wrong sperm, but intentionally used his own in an “extreme and outrageous” act.
“Upon information and belief, Dr. Roe intentionally inserted his own sperm into (the patient), causing (the patient) to become pregnant and give birth to children biologically fathered by Dr. Roe,” the lawsuit stated. “Dr. Roe intentionally concealed that he had inseminated (the patient) with sperm from someone other than (her husband), despite the fact that he knew he had done so.”
The couple’s lawyer drafted a set of questions, asking Ramaley if he used his own sperm in the procedure. But before Ramaley had to answer under oath, the lawsuit was withdrawn, the case settled and a confidentiality ruling was imposed prohibiting anyone involved in the case from discussing it.
While this is not the first time a fertility specialist has used his own sperm to impregnate a patient, it might be the stupidest and most degenerate incident in recent memory. Seriously, how brainless (or arrogant) could Ramaley be to substitute his sperm as a Caucasian knowing that his patient’s husband was an African-American? No doubt many of his former and current patients will be seeking DNA tests on their children now.
What is perhaps most outrageous about this incident is that Ramaley has been allowed to practice for years following this incident after the Connecticut Department of Public Health essentially whitewashed the investigation by, among other things, failing to compel Ramaley to take a DNA test. Hopefully the media exposure will prompt the Connecticut Medical Board to take immediate disciplinary action against him. Moreover, the District Attorney ought to immediately begin an investigation regarding potential criminal charges, though I worry that the statute of limitations might have already expired.