36-year-old Kelli Rowlette, USA, has sued her parents’ former fertility doctor for allegedly using his sperm to conceive her.
Kelli, had sent her DNA sample to genealogy website Ancestry.com, and was surprised to receive results that did not match her to her father.
On further investigations, kelli discovered the DNA match was the fertility doctor who her parents consulted before her birth.
Ms Rowlette’s lawsuit accuses now-retired obstetrician gynaecologist Gerald Mortimer of fraud, medical negligence, battery, emotional distress and breach of contract.
According to the lawsuit, Ms Rowlette was never told that her now-divorced parents Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler ever had trouble conceiving her until she confronted them with the results of her DNA exam.
Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler had been married in the early and living in Idaho Falls near the Wyoming border.
Kelli’s parents had resorted to artificial insemination due to her father’s low sperm count and her mother’s uterine condition.
The couple was later meant to undergo a medical procedure in which her mother would be artificially inseminated with both sperm from her husband and a donor.
The couple had specified to Dr. Mortimer that the donor be a current university student who was taller than 6ft (1.8m) with brown hair and blue eyes.
However, court documents now allege that the fertility doctor inseminated Ms Ashby with his own semen.
It further states that “Dr. Mortimer knew Kelli Rowlette was his biological daughter but did not disclose this to Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler.
“Dr. Mortimer fraudulently and knowingly concealed his use of his own genetic material in the procedure,” it read.
Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler on their part regret consenting to the procedure saying they would have rejected it if they had known.
Evidence in court further proves that when the parents informed Dr. Mortimer that they were moving to Washington State, he “cried.”
Last year, Ms Rowlette says she contacted her mother to say she believed the results of her Ancestry.com test were inaccurate.
Her mother was “devastated” when Ms Rowlette told her the name listed as her parent.
Ms Ashby then contacted her ex-husband about the news and the two decided not to reveal their suspicions.
Ms Ashby and Mr Fowler “struggled to cope with their own anguish and had difficulty contemplating the torment the discovery would cause their daughter when she found out”, according to the lawsuit.
But when Ms Rowlette later discovered a copy of her birth certificate, which bore Dr. Mortimer’s name and signature, she contacted her parents in “panic” to discuss his connection.
Ms Rowlette’s attorney told local media in a statement the family decided to publicize their story “for the purpose of holding the responsible parties accountable for a grievous and damaging violation of trust. While the family understands the public’s interest in their story, they ask that their privacy be respected as they focus on the difficult process of healing from this trauma”.