Woman Shocked to Learn Mother’s Fertility Doctor Is Her Biological Father, Not the Man Who Raised Her After Genetic Testing Revealed Truth

April 16, 2018 lil teryan 0 Comments

A woman received the shock of her life after taking a DNA test via the website Ancestry.com. Confused that her results didn’t match the DNA of her father, 36-year-old Kelli Rowlette began to investigate. Shockingly, that investigation led her to discover that her true biological father was not the man that had raised her— it was her mother’s fertility doctor.

DNA. Kelli Rowlette says she was confused when she first got her Ancestry.com results, and found her DNA didn’t match that of her father Howard Fowler's. She became convinced that there had been a mistake, but soon she started to piece everything together.

Fertility. It turns out, Rowlette’s biological father was actually Gerald E. Mortimer, a fertility doctor living 500 miles away that just so happened to have treated her mother. Unbeknownst to Rowlette, her parents, who are now divorced, had had trouble conceiving her and went to Mortimer for help.

Mistake. Interestingly enough, it was Rowlette’s mother, Sally Ashby, who recognized Mortimer’s name when her daughter got the certificate back from Ancestry.com. Rowlette simply thought the website had made a mistake, but Ashby knew the truth.

Devastated. “Ms. Ashby contacted Mr. Fowler, now her ex-husband, and relayed the information she obtained from Ancestry.com. Mr. Fowler was also devastated by the news,” reads a lawsuit that has been filed against Mortimer by the family.

Truth. According to the Washington Post, Rowlette found out the truth on her own after sorting through documents and stumbling across her birth certificate. There, she saw a familiar name: Gerald Mortimer— the doctor who had delivered her years earlier.
Sperm count. Ashby told her daughter that Mortimer had been her fertility doctor, who had initially told her and Fowler that the reason they were having a hard time conceiving was because Fowler had a low sperm count. He then suggested they mix his sperm with that of another donor in order to increase the chances.

Sperm. According to the Daily Mail UK, the couple specified that they wanted a donor who was over six feet tall and who had gone to college. They found a donor and Mortimer performed the procedure. Little did they know he’d actually used his own sperm in the process.

Secret. Mortimer continued treating Ashby, and eventually delivered Rowlette himself. Yet throughout the entire pregnancy and even after the delivery he never once told the family the truth. It would be decades later before Rowlette herself discovered the truth.

Concealed. "Dr Mortimer knew Kelli Rowlette was his biological daughter but did not disclose this to Ms Ashby or Mr Fowler. Dr Mortimer fraudulently and knowingly concealed his use of his own genetic material in the procedure,” reads the lawsuit, obtained by the Daily Mail UK.

Lawsuit. Currently, the family is suing Mortimer and Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls for medical negligence, fraud, battery, negligent infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract, reports the Washington Post. It is unclear whether or not Mortimer has an attorney of his own.

Statement. Since the incident, Ancestry.com released a statement addressing what happened. They maintain that it is their purpose to help "people make new and powerful discoveries about their family history and identity,” reports the Washington Post.

Results. “We are committed to delivering the most accurate results, however with this, people may learn of unexpected connections. With Ancestry, customers maintain ownership and control over their DNA data. Anyone who takes a test can change their DNA matching settings at any time, meaning that if they opt out, their profile and relationship will not be visible to other customers,” continued the statement.

Practice. Mortimer has since retired from his practice, and it is unclear whether or not there may have been any other victims. A spokesperson for the clinic where Mortimer used to work said they have yet to hear anything about a lawsuit against them.

Trauma. It’s unclear whether or not Mortimer will be facing any criminal charges in lieu of the incident, or what the law says about what he did. In the meantime, the family are doing the best they can to cope with the shocking news.

Privacy. "While the family understands the public's interest in their story, they ask that their privacy be respected as they focus on the difficult process of healing from this trauma,” their attorney, Shea Meehan told CNN.

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