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A MAN who says he’s the “world’s most prolific sperm donor” has claimed he has fathered 129 children – but now medical experts have warned against his actions.
Clive Jones, 66, has been donating his sperm from his van for nearly 10 years – and has nine more children on the way.
He never charges for his services – saying the “happiness it bring” to families is enough.
He told Derbyshire Live: “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.
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“I do it for free, though sometimes I ask for a bit of petrol. It’s illegal to charge and doesn’t seem right to take money when I have more than them.”
Clive is unable to be an official sperm donor because banks have an upper donor age limit of 45.
Instead the former teacher links up with families on Facebook.
He explained: “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.”
However, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has now issued a medical warning regarding Clive’s activities.
Their rules state that all donors and patients should be treated at a licensed UK clinic.
A spokeswoman for the 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.”
Of the he claims to have fathered, Mr Jones says he’s “met around 20 of the babies”.
Clive says he contacts potential ‘recipients’ through sperm donor Facebook pages and waits for them to get back to him.
He explains: “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.”