One Christmas, Heather Woock’s husband gifted her an Ancestry.com DNA test.
She was interested in genealogy and her heritage results turned out exactly as she predicted: Scottish, English, Irish and Scandinavian.
And that was that, until Heather prepared for a holiday in August 2017.
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She received a bizarre message as she packed, from a stranger who claimed they were her half sibling. She asked her mum who said not to worry.
During her holiday, Heather received more messages from other supposed half siblings. It was… weird. But then her phone broke, and Heather spent the rest of her trip blissfully out of contact with the real world until she returned home to Indiana and replaced her phone. Then she found many more messages.
What the heck was going on?
As Heather – and tens of others – would learn was that this was no scam, or an unfortunate mistake, as she’d first assumed. They were all half siblings. They all shared the same father – a man named Dr Donald Cline.
Cline opened his infertility clinic in Indiana in 1979. He had told the women who came to him for help that he used the sperm of anonymous medical residents that resembled their husband, and in some cases they were actually told that they would get the husband’s sperm, Dr Jody Madeira of Indiana University told Mamamia‘s daily news podcast The Quicky.