DNA Test Reveals Fertility Doctor Used His Own Sperm To Impregnate Patient

06 April, 2018, 04:23 | Author: Homer Porter
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A retired Idaho gynecologist is being sued for allegedly inseminating a woman and fathering her child more than 30 years ago. She later found out that the "unknown man" was actually her parent's fertility doctor.

The results were more surprising than she expected: The 36-year-old discovered she had been conceived via fertility treatments, something her parents never told her. Mortimer reportedly told the couple that the issue was caused by the husband's low sperm count and the wife's tipped uterus; so, he suggested that the wife be inseminated with a mix of the husband's sperm and that of an anonymous donor to increase the changes of conception. The donor sperm had to come from a college student who looked like Fowler with brown hair, blue eyes and over 6 feet tall.

In 1980, Ashby and Fowler chose to resort to artificial insemination, using a combination of Fowler's sperm and that of an unknown person who supposedly matched their requested traits.

According to Courthouse News, the lawsuit mentions that Ms Ashby, Mr Fowler, and their two children eventually moved away from Idaho Falls to Washington State.

The now-retired obstetrician was accused of medical negligence, breach of contract and fraud, among other things, in the lawsuit.

The family attorney released a statement: "After much consideration, Mrs. Rowlette and her family made the hard decision to allow their personal grief to become public through the legal process. While the family understands the public's interest in the story they ask that their privacy be respected as they focus on the hard process of healing from this trauma".

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Rowlette contacted her mother Sally Ashby with the news, calling the results bogus.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls is also listed as a defendant.

Rowlette said at first she thought there was an error, but then she discovered her birth certificate had been signed by none other than Dr. Mortimer. Though the name was foreign to her, horrifyingly to Rowlette's parents, it was a name that they recognized nearly all too well.

Ancestry.com said in a statement that DNA testing helps people make powerful discoveries about their family history and identity and that the company is committed to delivering accurate results.

"From discovering their ethnicity to connecting with distant relatives, the largest DNA network in the world is helping more people find the singular story in their DNA".

The family's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon by The Washington Post.



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