Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

DNA test reveals fertility doctor's dark secret, lawsuit alleges

DNA test told her she had a different father- her parents fertility doctor DNA test told her she had a different father- her parents' fertility doctor
Delia Stanley | 06 April, 2018, 04:20

Before the DNA test, Ms Rowlette had not been aware that her parents had trouble conceiving and of her mother's artificial insemination.

At the time, she didn't know her parents had sought fertility treatment, and initially dismissed the test results as a mistake.

Gerald Mortimer, a now-retired obstetrician-gynecologist who practiced out of Idaho Falls, has been accused of fraud and medical negligence.

"Dr. Mortimer cried when Ms. Ashby informed him they were moving", according to the lawsuit.

A woman is suing a reproductive specialist in the U.S. after a DNA test revealed he was her biological father.

According to the Washington Post, one woman who took the website's DNA test discovered her biological father was not the man who had raised her; he was actually a now-retired fertility doctor who allegedly used his own sperm to impregnate her mother 36 years ago.

In 1980, Ashby and Fowler made a decision to resort to artificial insemination, using a combination of Fowler's sperm and that of an unknown person who supposedly matched their requested traits.

According to the lawsuit, Ashby and Fowler agreed to do the operation but only if the donor had physical characteristics similar to Fowler - brown hair, blue eyes and over 6 feet tall.

Rowlette was convinced that the Ancestry.com test was an error, and mentioned this to Ashby, who after examining the results on her own was "devastated" to see Dr. Mortimer's name.

Rowlette contacted her mother Sally Ashby with the news, calling the results bogus.

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. "Dr. Mortimer knew Kelli Rowlette was his biological daughter but did not disclose this to Ms. Ashby or Mr. Fowler", the 14-page complaint noted.

Meanwhile, Rowlette was unaware of what transpired until October, when she found old paperwork at Fowler's house.

Ancestry.com said in a statement, "DNA testing helps people make new and powerful discoveries about their family history and identity". That was only revealed when she stumbled across her birth certificate, which included the name of the doctor that delivered her.

"From discovering their ethnicity to connecting with distant relatives, the largest DNA network in the world is helping more people find the singular story in their DNA".

Since the situation came to light, Rowlette and her parents have been "suffering immeasurably", the lawsuit states.

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