Why One Family Is Taking The Sperm Donor Who Gave Their Son Life To Court. Busted doors and patched holes. From an early age, Wendy Norman’s son struggled to cope with his emotions. But after their son experienced fits of depression and rage, they knew something wasn’t right. So now, they’re going back to the source. A teenager trying to learn more about the sperm donor that helped give him life, found more than he expected on the internet. John, whose name 11Alive changed to protect his identity, had his donor’s profile: he was a highly educated man with no mental health history. But there on his computer screen was his donor’s photo, with information that simply didn’t make sense. This donor was a convicted burglar with no college degree. The article went on to reveal, donor 9623 had been a patient in a mental institution, diagnosed bipolar with schizo-affective disorder.