Ancestry.com test reveals shocking family secret

DNA Test Told Her She Had A Different Father- Her Parents Fertility Doctor

DNA Test Told Her She Had A Different Father- Her Parents Fertility Doctor

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. She later found out that the "unknown man" was actually her parent's fertility doctor.

Her parents, who are now divorced, were having difficulty conceiving and approached Dr Gerald E Mortimer for help.

Kelli Rowlette filed a lawsuit last week against Dr. Gerald Mortimer, his wife Linda McKinnon Mortimer, and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls.

The plaintiffs also name the Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls in the lawsuit, whose members, they claim, knew about Dr Mortimer's behavior. 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.

Mainly, the lawsuit asserts that Mortimer knowingly used his own sperm to impregnate Rowlette's mother.

The complaint alleges Mortimer instead used his own semen, and when Rowlette was conceived, she was Mortimer's biological offspring. The couple specified that they would only do the procedure if the donor was a college student, over 6-feet tall, with brown hair and blue eyes.

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

"Since discovering Dr. Mortimer's actions, Ms. Ashby, Mr. Fowler and Mrs. Rowlette have been suffering immeasurably", the complaint states.

Now, decades later, a lawsuit alleges that the doctor used his own sperm to inseminate Ashby during a fertility treatment procedure, fathering her daughter. "Dr. Mortimer knew Kelli Rowlette was his biological daughter but did not disclose this to Ms. Ashby or Mr. Fowler".

Meanwhile, Rowlette was unaware of what transpired until October, when she found old paperwork at Fowler's house. It was the same doctor who delivered baby Kelli and looked after her mother for a few more years following the birth.

As for Ancestry's help finding uncovering the truth, Eric Health, Ancestry.com's Chief Privacy Officer, told USA TODAY the company's tests help people "make new and powerful discoveries about their family history and identity" and might lead to "unexpected connections". "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 doctor reportedly cried when he learned about the move but never told the family he was Rowlette's biological father, according to CNN.

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