A couple now living in Florida are alleging that a Vermont doctor used his own sperm for an artificial insemination more than 40 years ago at what is now Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
Cheryl and Peter Rousseau are suing the hospital and the doctor, John Boyd Coates, in federal court on nine counts, including fraud, medical negligence and battery.
When the procedure was done, Cheryl Rousseau believed the sperm was from an unnamed medical student who resembled her husband, according to court documents. She gave birth to a daughter, now known as Barbara Mary Frances Gordon, on Dec. 27, 1977. Gordon lives out of state.