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

DNA Test Told Her She Had A Different Father- Her Parents Fertility Doctor

In 2016, a doctor was accused of using his own sperm to inseminate his patients after a woman discovered that he was her mother's fertility doctor. In the early '80s, Rowlette's parents, Howard Fowler and Sally Ashby, had been dealing with infertility issues and turned to Dr. Mortimer for consultation.

He eventually delivered Rowlette in May 1981 but still never mentioned the secret, according to the complaint.

If you don't believe me, wait until you hear about Gerald Mortimer, a retired Idaho Falls obstetrician and gynecologist who was just sued by the woman who allegedly discovered he's her biological father.

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.

The plaintiffs also name the Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls in the lawsuit, whose members, they claim, knew about Dr Mortimer's behavior. Upon hearing the news, Mortimer reportedly "cried" knowing he did not disclose his genetic misdeeds the lawsuit stated.

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. The couple agreed to try the procedure and selected a donor with certain preferred characteristics (brown hair, blue eyes, over six feet tall).

In the procedure, 85% of Fowler's DNA was mixed with 15% of a donor's DNA.

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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.

The family only found out about it years later after an Ancestry DNA test said Dr. Mortimer was her father.

The Ancestry.com DNA test provides customers with likely genetic matches for those interested in genealogy.

"Ms. Ashby contacted Mr. Fowler, now her ex-husband, and relayed the information she obtained from Ancestry.com".

Rowlette and her family seem convinced by the results of her Ancestry.com test, but there have been plenty of questions over the years about the trustworthiness of private, internet-based services like it. DNA tests from Ancestry.com and 23andMe have been known to show slightly different geographical ancestry for siblings or even identical twins, for example. "Ancestry.com predicted a parent-child relationship between Dr. Mortimer and Mrs. Rowlette".

So far, Mortimer has not commented on the allegations against him, according to the Idaho Statesman. Dr Mortimer delivered her.

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

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