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What happens after a doctor uses his own sperm to impregnate his patients?

Sick is an investigative podcast about what goes wrong in the places meant to keep us healthy. Award-winning journalists Jake Harper and Lauren Bavis dig deep to share shocking personal stories of medical injustices, and hold accountable the people and institutions meant to care for us.

Sick's first season explores the complications of fertility medicine, one Indiana doctor’s abuse of power, and the generations of lives he affected.
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Many historians have debated how our country might be different today if Lincoln had lived to see the country through the critical Reconstruction period that followed the Civil War. Sick asks a different question: if he’d been given modern medical treatment, could Lincoln’s life have been saved?
#2 Getting Right

#2 Getting Right

2015-08-0500:13:061

In February, the Indiana State Department of Health announced an HIV outbreak in rural Scott County. Thirty people had tested positive just since December, and most of the cases were linked to injection drug abuse of a potent prescription opioid called Opana. Since then, the number of cases has grown to more than 170. Kevin Polly was one of those infected.
#3 The Open Door

#3 The Open Door

2015-09-2700:15:591

When Brandy Gibson was pregnant the first time, she noticed that opening her freezer gave her an odd, pleasant feeling. But when she got pregnant again, that feeling morphed into something much worse.
#4 Freundschaft

#4 Freundschaft

2015-12-2100:14:14

In rural Missouri, the Amish and Mennonites are on the forefront of a big idea, one that could save a small hospital—and bring healthcare closer to home for thousands of people.
#5 Period Piece

#5 Period Piece

2016-04-2800:16:50

Lisa De Bode got curious about how homeless women deal with menstruation, so she wrote a story on it. Then, things started to change. Plus, Jake learns a valuable lesson.
Sick Season One Trailer

Sick Season One Trailer

2019-09-1900:24:15

What happens when a doctor betrays a patient’s trust? Sick is an investigative podcast about what goes wrong in the places meant to keep us healthy. Award-winning journalists Jake Harper and Lauren Bavis dig deep to share shocking personal stories of medical injustices, and hold accountable the people and institutions meant to care for us. Sick's first season explores the complications of fertility medicine, one Indiana doctor’s abuse of power, and the generations of lives he affected. First episode out Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Visit our website sickpodcast.org Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
50% Different

50% Different

2019-10-1500:24:159

The first season of Sick starts with the story of a mother and son, a generation apart, who both struggled with infertility. And they learn a terrible secret about an Indianapolis doctor who abused his position of power. Go to sickpodcast.org for more information, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @sickpodcast.  Additional reading:  "Get Me Out” by Randi Hutter Epstein “Banking on the Body” by Kara Swanson
Jacoba Ballard knew she was donor conceived, so she wanted to see if she had any half siblings. She found more than she expected – would anyone believe her? Go to sickpodcast.org for more information, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @sickpodcast.
A Dog Person

A Dog Person

2019-10-2900:25:422

What kind of doctor uses his own sperm to impregnate his patients?  Go to sickpodcast.org for more information, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @sickpodcast.
Lone Ranger

Lone Ranger

2019-11-0500:32:493

Donald Cline still doesn’t come clean at a face-to-face meeting with the siblings, which leads to more questions. Did he ever use any sperm donors in the ‘70s and ‘80s? We tracked down some people who were there. Go to sickpodcast.org for more information, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @sickpodcast.
Sparingly

Sparingly

2019-11-1200:29:064

Donald Cline explains himself.  Go to sickpodcast.org for more information, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @sickpodcast.
Why Would We Stop Now?

Why Would We Stop Now?

2019-11-1900:32:332

Heather Woock navigates modern fertility treatment. Could what Cline did happen today? Go to sickpodcast.org for more information, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @sickpodcast.
Right In His Own Eyes

Right In His Own Eyes

2019-11-2600:29:372

Cline’s deception goes deeper than replacing anonymous donor sperm. But bringing him to justice isn’t easy. Go to sickpodcast.org for more information, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @sickpodcast.
Idiot’s Guide

Idiot’s Guide

2019-12-0300:27:144

For the families connected to Donald Cline, this is a story with no end in sight. Go to sickpodcast.org for more information, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @sickpodcast.
In 1972, Cline impregnated a patient with his own sperm, maybe for the first time. The Farber twins are the oldest known Cline siblings. When one of them needed a fertility doctor, she went to the best.  Go to sickpodcast.org for more information, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @sickpodcast.
Comments (12)

ABR

Oh, this is a whole new level of f'ed up.

Feb 12th
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roxicodone

I am so angry listening to Donald Cline and his absolutely ridiculous claims of blaming someone else for trying to "ruin" his life with no regard to what he's done to others. What a horrible, rotten, completely selfish individual. STFU, Cline. You're a fraud and a A55HOLE of the highest order.

Feb 7th
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Carl Doby

This is ridiculous. They ask for a service and he gave them a service.

Jan 24th
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Cindy Grelis Clayton

it says broken source. 😞

Nov 21st
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Sara Shreve

Does anyone know if the Australian TV show called Sisters is based on this story? Or just a crazy coincidence?

Nov 13th
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David

Doesn't play.

Oct 23rd
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