DNA test reveals a woman's biological father was her parents' fertility doctor

DNA test reveals a woman's biological father was her parents' fertility doctor

She did not know her mother had undergone artificial insemination, nor did she - or her parents - know her mother's fertility doctor had allegedly used his own sperm to get her pregnant with Rowlette. The solution seemed simple in his view: Mix Rowlette's father's sperm with a small amount of an anonymous donor's sperm.

In the lawsuit, Rowlette's parents remarked that they would not have gone through with the fertility treatments had they known that Mortimer would use his own sperm in the procedure.

The suit alleges that didn't happen, and instead Dr. Mortimer used his own sperm.

Court documents show Rowlette learned who Mortimer was after her parents told her about the procedure and Mortimer's role as her mother's obstetrician.

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Mortimer remained Ashby's ob-gyn for several years, and "two years after Kelli Rowlette's birth, Ms. Ashby and Mr. Fowler successfully conceived a son without medical assistance", according to the lawsuit.

In 1980, Ashby and Fowler chose to resort to artificial insemination, using a combination of Fowler's sperm and that of an unknown person who supposedly matched their requested traits. When the Ancestry.com DNA test revealed that Rowlette's father was Ashby's fertility doctor, Dr. Gerald E. Mortimer, the family was stunned.

Since discovering the news, Rowlette has filed for legal action against Mortimer and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls on the grounds of medical negligence, battery, fraud, infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract.

The family claims that Mortimer served as Ashby's OB-GYN for several years until the family moved to Washington State. She contacted Mr. Fowler, her now ex-husband, and told him... who was also devastated by the news.

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On May 20, 1981, Ms. Ashby gave birth to Kelli Rowlette (maiden name, Kelli Fowler). Dr Mortimer delivered her. Although the family understands the public's interest in the case, it calls for respect for its privacy as it attempts to recover from this trauma. Rowlette's mother continued to see Mortimer for reproductive care.

"We are committed to delivering the most accurate results, however with this, people may learn of unexpected connections", it read. "Anyone who takes a test can change their DNA matching settings at any time, meaning that if they opt-out, their profile and relationship will not be visible to other customers", the statement said.

The procedure was performed three times a month while Ashby was ovulating in June, July and August 1980.

But after speaking with her parents, details eventually began piecing themselves together, according to the lawsuit. He falsely represented that he had used donor genetic material and Mr. Fowler's genetic material and intentionally hid this fact from the couple.

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