A woman in the United States has discovered that more than 36 years ago, her mother’s fertility specialist used his own semen in the process to assist her mother become pregnant.
The Washington Post reports that Kelli Rowlette, 36, sent a DNA sample to the genealogy site Ancestry.com, but thought a mistake had been made when she received the results, which stated that the DNA was a match with a man she hadn’t heard of – not the man she believed to be her father.
But her mother recognised the name immediately – because it was the fertility specialist who had helped her become pregnant with her daughter.
Devastated by this breach of trust and duty of care, The Washington Post reports that Rowlette has filed a law suit in U.S. District Court in Idaho. The suit accuses Gerald E. Mortimer, a now-retired obstetrician in Idaho Falls, of fraud and medical negligence.
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According to The Washington Post, the suit explains that Rowlette’s parents, Howard Fowler and Sally Ashby, were not able to conceive a baby naturally, and so sought the help of Mortimer, who suggested reproductive assistance.
The couple agreed that Sally would be inseminated with both sperm from her husband and an anonymous donor, and that the donor should be college-educated, tall, and have brown hair and brown eyes.