After Taking Ancestry DNA Test, Woman Makes Shocking Discovery About Who Her Real Father Is

Taking DNA tests to discover one's ancestry and connect with long-lost relatives is becoming a popular idea. More and more people are piecing together their genealogy by tracking their bloodline with modern science. One woman in Washington State decided to send her DNA to Ancestry.com for testing, but the results that came back were not what she, or her family, expected.

When Kelli Rowlette got her DNA results, she thought there was some kind of mistake. According to the test, she wasn't related to her father. The results said her actual father was Gerald Mortimer, a man from Idaho. She showed the results to her parents, but they were immediately horrified. Sadly, it was no mistake.

Howard Fowler and Sally Ashby, now divorced, recognized the name all too well. They debated whether to tell their daughter the shocking truth because they knew how upsetting it would be. They hesitated as they struggled with the realization of what happened.

Rowlette found her birth certificate and discovered that the doctor who signed it was named Mortimer. She realized the test results weren't flawed as she initially believed and the pieces began to fall into place. She was heartbroken.

Dr. Gerald Mortimer was the fertility doctor the couple had gone to in order to conceive their daughter some 36 years ago. Without their knowledge, the now retired doctor used his own sperm to impregnate Ashby. The couple had no idea all these years that Rowlette was their doctor’s biological daughter because he never told them.

According to the couple, the doctor had recommended that they mix Fowler's sperm with matching donors to increase the chances of conception. They did agree but they chose donors who were college students. They requested young men with certain attributes.

Apparently, Mortimer pulled a bait-and-switch on them. He never suggested to the couple that he was going to be one of the donors. It’s unclear if he threw his sperm into the mix or if he used his alone, but ultimately it was the doctor’s sperm that fertilized the egg and resulted in a child.

Even after Rowlette was born in 1981, the doctor did not inform them that he was potentially the biological father of the child. He continued to treat Ashby until the family moved from Idaho to Washington. They went on with their lives, raising their child, and didn’t give him, or the conception, much thought beyond that.

Rowlette is now suing the doctor for medical negligence, battery and fraud. She's also suing the Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls for fraud, negligent infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract.

"Dr. Mortimer knew Kelli Rowlette was his biological daughter but did not disclose this to Ms Ashby or Mr. Fowler," reads the lawsuit. "Dr. Mortimer fraudulently and knowingly concealed his use of his own genetic material in the procedure."

There was a time when doctors might have been able to get away with this kind of thing, but now that anyone can obtain a DNA test, there’s no way to hide their actions anymore. People taking ancestry tests should keep it in mind: they may find out more than they wanted to know.

Source: Daily Mail
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