Fertility Doc Impregnated Patient With Own Sperm: Suit

07 April, 2018, 00:42 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
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After agreeing to pay Dr. Mortimer to perform the specified procedure, Dr. Mortimer collected genetic material from Mr. Fowler to perform the procedure over several sessions.

When Kelli Rowlette received the results from her Ancestry.com DNA test, she assumed that there had been a mix-up or that the results were flawed, as it claimed her biological father was Mortimer.

Upon discovering the deception, Rowlette recently filed a lawsuit against Mortimer and his wife, asking $10 million in damages for medical negligence, fraud, battery, and other charges. Perhaps understatement runs in Health's family. Dr Mortimer has not commented publicly on the case. Mortimer said he got sperm from someone matching that description.

She had no idea her now divorced parents, Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler, had fertility issues.

The couple agreed to using donor sperm from a college student.

On May 20, 1981, Ms. Ashby gave birth to Kelli Rowlette (maiden name, Kelli Fowler). They had attended Dr Mortimer's former Idaho Falls clinic for IUI (artificial insemination) during the early 1980s.

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Ashby and Fowler later produced a son without medical assistance.

The doctor, Gerald Mortimer, had consulted with Rowlette's parents when they were having trouble conceiving in 1980. At the time, Mortimer was a complete stranger to her, according to the lawsuit.

Court documents show Rowlette learned who Mortimer was after her parents told her about the procedure and Mortimer's role as her mother's obstetrician. The Ancestry.com analysis predicted a "parent-child" relationship. She contacted Mr. Fowler, her now ex-husband, and told him... who was also devastated by the news.

In order to be matched with someone on Ancestry.com, the website explains that both people have to be in the AncestryDNA database.

Has Mortimer similarly fathered other children? While tidying up her his roll-top desk, she found her birth certificate.

According to the lawsuit, Rowlette was horrified. It's unclear how this affects fertility, though.

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The plaintiffs say that Dr. Mortimer knowingly committed the fraud that was revealed by the Ancestry.com DNA test.

As a result, "people may learn of unexpected connections" unless they choose to make their DNA match settings private.

"With Ancestry, customers maintain ownership and control over their DNA data", the statement continued.

In the lawsuit against Mortimer, Rowlette and her parents are requesting an amount in excess of $75,000 plus costs, disbursements, reasonable attorney fees and interest.

Over three months, Ashby underwent nine treatments.

They paid for the procedure and for access to genetic material that would be used for the procedure. He was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $116,805 in fines and restitution.

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