Woman sues doctor for inseminating mother with his own sperm

Woman takes DNA test and discovers fertility doctor used his sperm to impregnate her mum

Woman takes DNA test and discovers fertility doctor used his sperm to impregnate her mum

After her DNA sample was tested by Ancestry.com and the results got back to her, Kelli Rowlette cried foul.

It wasn't until Rowlette sent off her DNA sample that the secret unraveled.

Rowlette and her family seem convinced by the results of her Ancestry.com test, but there have been plenty of questions over the years about the trustworthiness of private, internet-based services like it. DNA tests from Ancestry.com and 23andMe have been known to show slightly different geographical ancestry for siblings or even identical twins, for example.

A woman allegedly discovered her biological father was the fertility doctor her parents used to conceive her in 1980 through an Ancestry.com DNA test, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

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The plaintiffs also name the Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls in the lawsuit, whose members, they claim, knew about Dr Mortimer's behavior.

According to the BBC, Rowlette never knew that her parents consulted Gerald Mortimer, an obstetrician gynaecologist in Idaho, for her birth. In the early '80s, Rowlette's parents, Howard Fowler and Sally Ashby, had been dealing with infertility issues and turned to Dr. Mortimer for consultation. It was her birth certificate, and according to the lawsuit, she noticed a familiar name signed on it: "Dr. Mortimer".

He's up for fraud, medical negligence, battery, emotional distress, and breach of contract.

The family attorney released a statement: "After much consideration, Mrs. Rowlette and her family made the hard decision to allow their personal grief to become public through the legal process".

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Rowlette and her parents allege neither the donor sperm nor Fowler's sperm were used during the procedure.

Mortimer remained Ashby's doctor for several years until the she and her husband moved to Washington state.

"Since discovering Dr Mortimer's actions, Ms Ashby, Mr Fowler and Mrs Rowlette have been suffering immeasurably", the complaint states.
"We are committed to delivering the most accurate results, however with this, people may learn of unexpected connections", the statement read. It was only afterward that Rowlette learned how, in 1979, her parents sought fertility treatment from Mortimer. "With Ancestry, customers maintain ownership and control over their DNA data".

The lawsuit says they "struggled to cope with their own anguish, and had difficulty contemplating the torment the discovery would cause their daughter when and if she found out".

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Idaho Falls attorney Michael Wheiler had just been given the lawsuit Tuesday afternoon, and said he could not a provide a detailed comment until he was more familiar with the case.

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