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One such DNA reveal is at the heart of a fascinating medical malpractice lawsuit filed last week in US District Court in Idaho.

In July 2017, after sending in her own DNA sample to Ancestry DNA, Kelli Rowlette was surprised to receive a notification that her DNA seemed to suggest a parent-child relationship with a man she had never heard of that lived more than 500 miles away from her home in rural Benton County, Washington: a retired Idaho Falls obstetrician gynecologist named Gerald Mortimer.

Unbeknownst to Rowlette, in 1979, her parents were having difficulty conceiving, and sought treatment from Mortimer. Mortimer suggested that part of the problem was Rowlette’s father had a low sperm count, and her mother a tipped uterus. He suggested a solution. They would mix Rowlette’s father’s sperm with just a small amount of an anonymous donor’s sperm to increase the chances of conception, and use this mixture for artificial insemination. The couple agreed, according to the lawsuit, as long as the donor met certain specifications: A college student who looked like Rowlette’s dad, with brown hair and blue eyes who stood over six-feet tall. Instead, the suit claims, Mortimer used his own. In 1981, Mortimer delivered to the couple a healthy baby girl, never divulging the possibility that she might be his own.

… Read More “Woman Says Ancestry.com Test Revealed Her Parents’ Fertility Doctor Was Actually Her Father”

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