Right Now looked further into the background of Dr. Gerald Mortimer, the fertility doctor who intentionally insemenated a patient without her knowledge.
In 2016, a doctor was accused of using his own sperm to inseminate his patients after a woman discovered that he was her mother's fertility doctor. It was only afterward that Rowlette learned how, in 1979, her parents sought fertility treatment from Mortimer. According to a lawsuit the family filed in the US District Court of Idaho, she told her parents she was disappointed that the results were so unreliable.
The parents agreed on the condition the donor was a college student with physical characteristics similar to Fowler - namely brown hair, blue eyes and over 6-foot tall, according to the lawsuit.
Dr. Gerald Mortimer allegedly used his own sperm to impregnate her mother without her consent. "Dr. Mortimer would then inseminate Ms. Ashby with the mixture".
"Dr. Mortimer knew that Kelli Rowlette was his biological daughter, but he did not say that to either Ashby or Fowler", according to the papers.
"She mentioned the confusing results to Ms. Ashby and relayed her disappointment in the unreliability of the service she had thought she was getting from Ancestry.com", the lawsuit says. When a Washington state woman sent in a DNA sample to Ancestry.com in 2017, she had no idea what kind of familial and legal drama would come from it, according to a Washington Post report.
Along with Mortimer, Rowlette is also suing Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates in Idaho Falls, stating the company knew of Mortimer's dirty deeds and did nothing.
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The lawsuit states that when the family announced their plan to move to Washington - nearly 3,000 miles away - Dr Mortimer "cried".
The family only found out about it years later after an Ancestry DNA test said Dr. Mortimer was her father. Although the family understands the public's interest in the case, it calls for respect for its privacy as it attempts to recover from this trauma. The family believes he knew he was Rowlette's biological father.
She gave birth to Kelli in May 1981.
Rowlette found out the truth on her own in October when she noticed Mortimer's signature on her birth certificate.
"We are committed to delivering the most accurate results, however with this, people may learn of unexpected connections", it read. Though the name was foreign to her, horrifyingly to Rowlette's parents, it was a name that they recognized nearly all too well. "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 procedure was performed three times a month while Ashby was ovulating in June, July and August 1980.