Kelli Rowlette sent a DNA sample to Ancestry.com and, to her surprise, received results that did not show her genetically matched to her father.
At first, the 36-year-old believed that a mistake had been made until she discovered that her DNA matched that of a doctor who was monitoring her mother’s IVF and brought her into the world. The 36-year-old’s parents had consulted the doctor, who was involved in fertility issues, before her birth.
Now Rowlette takes legal action against gynecologist Gerald Mortimer, accusing him, among other things, of fraud, medical negligence, mental suffering and non-compliance with contract terms.
According to her complaint, the 36-year-old did not know that her divorced parents had a fertility problem until she spoke to them open after the results of the DNA test.
In the early 1980s, parents of Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler were married and lived in Idaho Falls. Because they were experiencing fertility problems, they ended up in IVF, with both her father’s and donor’s sperm. They even chose the donor profile, a college student higher than 1.80, with brown hair and blue eyes, as the BBC broadcasts.
But, apparently, for about three months, the breeding specialist fertilized Ashby’s ova with his own sperm.
Parents reported that if they knew it, they would not have consented to the process. They even remembered that when they informed the doctor, who brought the girl to the world and cared after it was born, how they would move to Washington, he cried.
“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. “He knowingly used his own genetic material in the process.”
Last year, Rowlette had told her mother about the Ancestry.com test and believed the result was wrong. The woman collapsed when the 36-year-old told her what name she looked like her father’s. Then Ashby contacted her ex-husband, discussed it and decided not to tell their daughter their suspicions. But when Rowlette discovered a copy of her birth certificate, which had the name and signature of Dr. Mortimer, she contacted a panic with her parents to tell them what she had found.
Her lawyer said the family decided to publicize her story “in order for the parties involved to take responsibility for this sad and harmful violation of trust. 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. “