A retired teacher, who says he is the world’s most prolific sperm donor, has claimed that he has fathered more than 129 children in the last 9 years.
This clearly makes the man the world’s most prolific sperm donor.
66-year-old Clive Jones, who lives in Chaddesden, Derby, has been donating his sperm from his van for nearly 10 years now.
The thing is, the man is not stopping and during a recent interview with him, he said that he currently has another 9 children coming on the way.
Jones, who is originally from Burton, was unable to become an official sperm donor as he started to donate at the age of 58.
Sperm banks currently have an upper donor age limit of 45.
Talking about how he donates his sperm, Jones said that he gives them out for free through Facebook.
When asked why he does this, he said that his act brings happiness to families.
I’m probably the world’s most prolific sperm donor with now being at 138 ‘babies’, well, 129 babies born, nine ongoing pregnancies. I might continue for another few years. Get to 150 anyway. I know of clinics and sperm merchants with greater numbers but they don’t donate, but rather sell semen. I think people would understand more if they saw the messages I get and the photos of the babies with very happy mothers. I feel the happiness it brings. I once had a grandmother message me thanking me for her granddaughter. I do it for free, though sometimes ask a bit for petrol. It’s illegal to charge and doesn’t seem right to take money when I have more than them.
Because he is not an official sperm donor, Jones says he connects with people on Facebook.
The man says he travels in his van to provide the donations.
Jones, who has three adult children of his own, said:
It all started in May, over nine years ago. For some people, having children is very important as it was for me. I read in some newspapers the plight of some people that can’t have children. Reading the newspaper, it explained how people were using Facebook to make arrangements. I thought I could help so I put a post on one of the sites. I wasn’t expecting any response with me saying how old I was, but I had a lady in Derby contacting me within an hour asking me to help that evening. I’ve not advertised I’m a donor in years. It has not quite worked out as I had guessed, I’m just as busy now and have so many people contact me through people just talking, referring.
The thing is, the authorities are not happy with what he is doing.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority released a medical warning regarding the actions of Mr Jones, saying that all patients should be only treated at licensed clinics in the United Kingdom.
A spokeswoman for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority said:
As the regulator of UK fertility treatment and research we don’t have the powers to stop people from making their own arrangements for sperm donation but we do want to help them get the information and advice they need to make the best informed choices, which is why we always encourage both donors and patients to be treated at a licensed UK clinic. If arrangements are made outside of the clinic environment there can be medical and legal risks, for example, without the proper consents in place the donor is likely to be seen as the legal parent, with all the rights and responsibilities that involves. Clinics will also rigorously test all donors for medical and hereditary illnesses. That’s why we always encourage sperm donors and patients to go to a licensed clinic, where these medical and legal issues are taken care of for them, and where the welfare of the child is always of primary concern.
Jones was married in 1978, however now, he lives away from his wife, who is not happy about the donations that he is making.
4 years ago, Jones appeared in 4 Men 175 Babies, a documentary by Channel 4, which followed 4 men who donated sperm for free to women.
Out of the 129 babies that he has fathered, Jones said that he has met around 20 of the babies, who live near Birmingham, Derby, Nottingham and Stoke.
Talking about the process, Jones said that he gets to know the couple first before making contact with them through social media.
The man said the couples are often same-sex or are uncapable of having children of their own.
The retired teacher said he asks all the couples when their ovulation cycle is and places the date on his planner.
When he receives a call to get informed that ovulation is just a couple of hours away, the man jumps into his van and goes close to where they live in order to provide the sperm donation.
During an interview with Derbyshire Live, he said:
I drive somewhere where I’m not likely to be disturbed and go into the back of the van and pull the curtains down. Then I take the cup and a syringe so the stuff can’t come out, put a bag under my arm and text them to say I’m outside and I’ll be round in three minutes. If that doesn’t work sometimes they suggest I meet them in a car park. I can tell how nervous they are. No other donor does it from their van normally, they go to the front door and ask to use the toilet.
Jones said he makes 4 or 5 donations per week on an average basis.
Around 1 in 8 sperm catches and leads to a pregnancy.
In January of last year, the man said he was very busy during the pandemic.
He also said that he does not need to advertise his services because he is already known.
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