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Lawsuit: Ancestry DNA test reveals woman's biological father was parents' fertility doctor

Lawsuit: Ancestry DNA test reveals woman's biological father was parents' fertility doctor

A United States woman is suing a fertility doctor after discovering through an online ancestry website the man had secretly fathered her. She later found out that the "unknown man" was actually her parent's fertility doctor.

They had attended Dr Mortimer's former Idaho Falls clinic for IUI (artificial insemination) during the early 1980s.

The couple agreed; however, they asked that the donor be a blued-eyed, brown-haired college student who was more than six feet tall. Eventually they sought professional help from Mortimer, who diagnosed Ashby with a tipped uterus and Fowler with a low sperm count and low sperm motility.

Rowlette is suing Mortimer, his wife and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls over the incident.

The complaint alleges Dr Mortimer instead used his own semen, and when Ms Rowlette was conceived, she was Dr Mortimer's biological offspring.

However, Wheiler did say "that none of the health care providers now at Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls were part of the practice in 1979 to 1980 and they diligently strive to provide care to their patients that is in compliance with the standards of health care practice".

Ms Rowlette said she took a DNA test in July through Ancestry.com, which identified Dr Mortimer as her parent.

Mortimer told the family at the time that he used the father's sperm along with an anonymous donor they picked out, but the family claims that didn't happen.

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But when Kelli Rowlette received her results from Ancestry.com she discovered a much closer connection - about 500 miles away from where she lives - dating back to May 20, 1981.

"She mentioned the confusing results to Ms. Ashby and relayed her disappointment in the unreliability of the service she had thought she was getting from Ancestry.com", the lawsuit says.

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 the procedure, 85% of Fowler's DNA was mixed with 15% of a donor's DNA. And in August 1980, Ashby finally became pregnant.

According to the lawsuit, Rowlette was horrified.

The family filed the lawsuit in Idaho last week, accusing both parties of medical negligence, fraud, battery, negligent infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract, according to NPR.

The couple maintains in the complaint that they did not know that Dr. Mortimer's genetic material was being used.

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.


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