Kelli Rowlette and the parents who raised her, Sally Ashby and her then-husband Howard Fowler, filed the lawsuit in Idaho district court in March against Dr Gerald Mortimer, his wife and the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Associates of Idaho Falls.
An American woman is suing the fertility doctor her parents turned to for help to conceive after a DNA test revealed he allegedly used his own sperm to impregnate her mother.
The doctor had been registered with Ancestry.com, and his name came up as a predicted "parent-child" relationship when Ms Rowlette completed her test.
The doctor reportedly cried when he learned about the move but never told the family he was Rowlette's biological father, according to CNN. However, Fowler allegedly used his own sperm without their knowledge instead.
At the time, he recommended they use an "85% mixture of her dad's ( Mr. Fowler) genetic material and 15% of the mixture would be from an anonymous donor".
According to court documents, Kelli Rowlette's parents, Ms. Ashby and Mr. Fowler, were a married couple struggling to conceive in 1979 in Idaho Falls, Idaho when they became patients of OGA under the care of Dr. Gerald E. Mortimer, an OB/GYN. Though the name was foreign to her, horrifyingly to Rowlette's parents, it was a name that they recognized nearly all too well.
The family is suing for medical negligence, failure to obtain consent, fraud, battery, infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract and engaging in deceptive trade practices. Court documents stated the hopeful parents chose a tall college-aged student with blue eyes and brown hair as an ideal sperm candidate.
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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.
Rowlette was devastated to find out that Mortimer was her biological father, but she needed a few extra months to discover the true extent of what that name meant.
The Ancestry.com DNA test provides customers with likely genetic matches for those interested in genealogy. 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.
At first, Rowlette thought the results were an error, and gave her mother the results. When she received the report from Ancestry.com in July 2017 connecting her to Mortimer, she dismissed the results as a mistake.
She is reported to have initially dismissed the Ancestry.com test that determined Mortimer was her father.
Rowlette was born May 20, 1981.
"Based on what we know from what's been reported, and the knowledge of how our system works, it's possible that both biological mother and father both took the test, and that the child did as well, however without further details we can not speculate on individual cases", Melissa Garrett, a spokeswoman for Ancestry.com, wrote in an email. While tidying up her his roll-top desk, she found her birth certificate.