Couple Get DNA Test For Fun But It Uncovers Result That Shocked Entire Family

Well that was a bit awkward!

Vanner and Donna Johnson

Salt Lake City couple Vanner and Donna Johnson, who wanted a second child but were having trouble becoming pregnant naturally, made the decision to get IVF treatment in 2007.

The couple was thrilled to have a son, and as he got older, they disclosed that he was conceived via in vitro fertilization.

For fun, the family decided to do one of the well-known '23andMe' DNA tests, which led to an unexpected turn of events more than ten years after their son's birth.

The family was taken aback to discover that their son's father was labeled as "unknown" when the results were obtained.

Remembering the ordeal in an interview with ABC4, Donna said: "When my results showed up showing two sons immediately and seeing our oldest was a half-sibling to his younger brother, through me, we knew there must’ve been something wrong."

Subsequently, a brief DNA test verified that Vanner was not the biological father of his son, indicating that during the IVF procedure, Donna's egg was fertilized by sperm from another individual.

"There were a lot of emotions we had to work through including separating the love of our son which has not changed…to the issue that we were dealing with," Vanner stated.

"This mistake that happened, how could it happen, why did it happen and what do we do now?”

Thankfully, the boy appeared to be tolerant of his new situation after the family waited a year for the proper opportunity to talk to him about what had happened.

Vanner then tried to identify his son's biological father through additional testing and investigation, and he eventually narrowed it down to a man by the name of Devin.

After tracking him down, Vanner called Devin and asked if he'd previously done IVF - which he had.

The two families began piecing together timelines, with Devin's wife recalling: “There was one date that we were in the clinic at the same time. I was doing transfers so that’s when they put the embryos back inside and she was doing retrieval when they take your eggs and retrieve them and it was that same day…we think around the same time um 14 years ago."

The family met in person and kept in touch, trying to make the best of the situation despite the shocking reality.

The families countered that further rules ought to be in place to stop similar errors from occurring.

"We shouldn’t be looking back and trying to fix problems, there should be things in place to prevent these problems and issues and it shouldn’t fall on the patient to take charge,” Devin said.

Due to the error, the families chose to sue the University of Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine, and they reached an out-of-court settlement in 2022.

When the story came to light the clinic released a statement, saying: “The safety and care of our patients is our primary goal. Our providers and staff strive to provide excellent care and we constantly work to make