Ancestry.com Test Reveals Woman's OB/GYN Might Be Her Biological Father

A woman says an Ancestry.com DNA test revealed her father — her parents' fertility doctor

She is reported to have initially dismissed the Ancestry.com test that determined Mortimer was her father.

A United States woman is suing a fertility doctor after discovering through an online ancestry website the man had secretly fathered her.

The suit claims that Dr. Gerald Mortimer, an elder in the Mormon church, helped Rowlett's parents get pregnant in 1980.

The documents say Dr. Mortimer recommended that the couple undergo a procedure where a donor's sperm would be mixed with Mr. Fowler's genetic material in the medical lab prior to insemination to increase the chances of conception, where 85 percent of the mixture would be Mr. Fowler's genetic material, and 15 percent would be that of a donor's (selected by Ms. Ashby and Mr. Fowler). Mortimer diagnosed Fowler with a low sperm count and Ashby with a tipped uterus, a condition in which the uterus tilts toward the spine, according to the lawsuit.

Mortimer is now alleged to have inseminated Ashby with his own sperm, without the couple's knowledge or consent.

When Ancestry.com test results said Mortimer was her father, Rowlette thought there was an error.

The lawsuit alleges Dr Mortimer used his own sperm for the procedure, secretly and against the couple's wishes to use a college student.

"Dr. Mortimer knew Kelli Rowlette was his biological daughter but did not disclose this to Ms. Ashby or Mr. Fowler", the complaint said.

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Dr. Gerald E. Mortimer and his former employer, Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls, have been accused of medical negligence, battery, fraud and breach of contract, East Idaho News reported.

Last year, Rowlette had told her mother about the Ancestry.com test and believed the result was wrong. "Mr. Fowler was also devastated by the news", the lawsuit states, explaining that the parents "painfully labored" over whether they should tell their daughter.

On May 20, 1981, Ms. Ashby gave birth to Kelli Rowlette (maiden name, Kelli Fowler). Rowlette's mother continued to see Mortimer for reproductive care.

Metro.co.uk has attempted to contact Kelli Rowlette and Dr Mortimer for comment.

Rowlette found out the truth on her own in October when she noticed Mortimer's signature on her birth certificate.

"However with this, people may learn of unexpected connections".

They paid for the procedure and for access to genetic material that would be used for the procedure. "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", the statement said.

But, apparently, for about three months, the breeding specialist fertilized Ashby's ova with his own sperm. Befuddled and in disbelief, Rowlette relayed the findings to her parents, Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler.

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