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WHO'S YOUR DADDY?: Woman finds out biological dad was parents' fertility doctor

WHO'S YOUR DADDY?: Woman finds out biological dad was parents' fertility doctor

The legal complaint says that Dr. Mortimer knew that he was the father of Kelli Rowlette from the beginning and never told anyone. "Dr. Mortimer would then inseminate Ms. Ashby with the mixture".

- A 36-year-old woman who innocently sent her DNA to Ancestry.com opened a box of unpleasant surprises for the entire family when it was revealed her father is the fertility doctor who was helping her parents get pregnant in the late '70s. "Ancestry.com predicted a parent-child relationship between Dr. Mortimer and Mrs. Rowlette".

She is suing Dr Mortimer and Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls, accusing them of medical negligence, fraud, negligent infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract.

To increase their chances of fertility, the couple reportedly agreed to mix the husband's sperm with other matching donors, noting they preferred college students more than six feet tall.

Yet past year, Rowlette, now 36, discovered through a commercial DNA test that she had a parent-child genetic match with her mother's doctor, Dr. Gerald Mortimer, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states that she received a notification from Ancestry.com last July informing her she had a DNA match.

On May 20, 1981, Ms. Ashby gave birth to Kelli Rowlette (maiden name, Kelli Fowler).

A "horrified" Rowlette contacted her parents to relay what she had found. "Mr. Fowler was also devastated by the news", the lawsuit states, explaining that the parents "painfully labored" over whether they should tell their daughter.

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Efforts to reach the now-retired Mortimer for comment were unsuccessful, and the Mortimers have not listed a defense attorney with the Clerk of Courts.

Ancestry.com said in a statement that DNA testing helps people make powerful discoveries about their family history and identity and that the company is committed to delivering accurate results. Mortimer, an OB/GYN, diagnosed Fowler with a low sperm count and Ashby with a tipped uterus, in which the uterus tilts toward the spine, according to the lawsuit.

Kelli had no idea her parents had had any trouble conceiving and was not aware her mother had undergone artificial insemination, the Daily Beast reports.

"However with this, people may learn of unexpected connections". The family believes he knew he was Rowlette's biological father.

"With Ancestry, customers maintain ownership and control over their DNA data", the statement continued.

But Rowlette later found her birth certificate with his signature, it is claimed.

After agreeing to pay Dr. Mortimer to perform the specified procedure, Dr. Mortimer collected genetic material from Mr. Fowler to perform the procedure over several sessions.


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