Rowlette, who is also listed as a plaintiff, did not know who Dr. Mortimer was when she saw the notification.
A WOMAN has claimed she was shocked to discover her real dad is her parents' fertility doctor after taking an Ancestry.com DNA test.
Howard Fowler and Sally Ashby, then married but now divorced, were having difficulty conceiving, and in 1979 they sought help from Dr. Gerald E. Mortimer, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Idaho. She discovered her birth certificate in an old roll-top desk while helping her father clean out old papers, and that's when Mortimer's name popped up since he was the delivering doctor. "Dr. Mortimer knew Kelli Rowlette was his biological daughter but did not disclose this to Ms. Ashby or Mr. Fowler", the 14-page complaint noted.
In any case, it seems that at some point, Dr Mortimer used his own sperm instead, without the knowledge of the parents.
The now-retired obstetrician was accused of medical negligence, breach of contract and fraud, among other things, in the lawsuit.
The woman, who lives in Washington state, US, said she learned through an Ancestry.com DNA test that her biological father was her parents' fertility doctor. They even remembered that when they informed the doctor, who brought the girl to the world and cared after it was born, how they would move to Washington, he cried. Though the name was foreign to her, horrifyingly to Rowlette's parents, it was a name that they recognized nearly all too well.
According to the lawsuit, Ashby and Fowler agreed to do the operation but only if the donor had physical characteristics similar to Fowler - brown hair, blue eyes and over 6 feet tall. The procedure to inseminate Rowlette's mother was meant to mix 85% of her father's sperm with 15% from a college student of similar appearance.
Dr Mortimer told the couple he had a donor in mind, and he performed the artificial insemination procedure three times a month throughout the summer of 1980.
Kelli had no idea her parents had had any trouble conceiving and was not aware her mother had undergone artificial insemination, the Daily Beast reports.
"Ms. Ashby contacted Mr. Fowler, now her ex-husband, and relayed the information she obtained from Ancestry.com". She has filed a suit not only against Mortimer but his wife Linda McKinnon Mortimer and the practice itself.
"We are committed to delivering the most accurate results, however with this, people may learn of unexpected connections", it read.
Has Mortimer similarly fathered other children?
"With Ancestry, customers maintain ownership and control over their DNA data", the statement continued. She told her mother, expressing her "disappointment in the unreliability of the service" - and her mother recognized the doctor's name, according to the lawsuit.