A Dutchman could not control his tears as he narrated to the Milimani Law Court of his ordeal in trying to conceive a child through surrogacy.
Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate Kenneth Cheruiyot, Dion William Aardt testified how he ended up being duped KSh2.9 million, in his quest to have a child of his own.
The Nanyuki-based farmer told the court that he contacted Winnie Warigia Maina’s agency after learning of it online. Maina assured him that her agency will help him.
Aardt then gave his samples at Aga Khan Hospital. He then chose on a perfect lady (egg donor) to bring his semen with hers. After sometime, Maina informed him of the best news- the surrogate mother had conceived.
An emotional William told the court he was so excited when he was told that in nine months, he will be a father.
“I was happy and content she (Winnie) could help me get a child and assist me in me becoming a father. I had named the unborn child after my mother,” Aardy told the court.
He had signed a KSh2.9 million contract with Family Fertility and Surrogacy Agency Limited, to receive the services.
However, the journey to become a father was not as smooth as Aardt wished.
He made the first payment of $4000 (approximately 400,000 back in 2018) soon after signing the contract.
For subsequent payments, Aardt testified how he had to loan from family and friends to support the process.
According to William, Maina cut a genuine and professional figure that it did not hit that she could be a con.
With the help of his family, he bought all the basics requirements for a newborn baby, including nappies. In anticipation, Aardt even invited friends over for a baby shower and a house help to assist him in baby chores.
But it was Maina’s frequent demands and need for money that got Aardt worried. But because he was clouded by the desire to be a father, he did not see the red flags.
“Winnie would frequently call me asking me to pay for extra medications and treatments since the surrogate had a urinary infection,” Aardt said.
Nine months later, Maina would inform Aardt that the surrogate mother and the child had died as a result of birth complications.
He made a request to view the two bodies and offer their final respects; Maina declined and instead asked for more fees.
This was raised suspicion. Aardt and his family decided to inquire from Umash Funeral Home where the bodies had allegedly being preserved. But they were told that no pregnant woman or a newborn baby were received.
Upon further inquiry at the Aga Khan Hospital, he was told that his semen was still intact. The alleged child was not his.
They immediately reported the matter to the police and a warrant of arrest was issued for Maina.