Until this point, her parents kept their shock at the news to themselves.
An American woman is suing the fertility doctor her parents turned to for help to conceive after a DNA test revealed he allegedly used his own sperm to impregnate her mother.
The account comes from a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Idaho.
The family attorney released a statement: "After much consideration, Mrs. Rowlette and her family made the hard decision to allow their personal grief to become public through the legal process".
The pair were having a hard time conceiving. Mortimer reportedly told the couple that the issue was caused by the husband's low sperm count and the wife's tipped uterus; so, he suggested that the wife be inseminated with a mix of the husband's sperm and that of an anonymous donor to increase the changes of conception.
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The couple agreed to the procedure, according to the lawsuit, but only if the donor could be a college student who looked like Fowler, with brown hair and blue eyes, and who was taller than 6 feet.
The complaint alleges Mortimer instead used his own semen, and when Rowlette was conceived, she was Mortimer's biological offspring. The former gynecologist remained Ashby's doctor until she and her small family moved to Washington several years later.
"Dr. Mortimer cried when Ms. Ashby informed him they were moving. Dr. Mortimer knew Kelli Rowlette was his biological daughter but did not disclose this to Ms. Ashby or Mr. Fowler", the lawsuit alleges".
Ancestry.com tells Rowlette her biological father is a man named Gerald Mortimer.
In July, Rowlette, from Benton County, Washington, received the notification about the match from Ancestry.com.
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Rowlette's parents recognized the doctor's name when their daughter relayed the results and were devastated by the news.
Ms Ashby recognised the name and contacted her now ex-partner, Howard Fowler.
Mortimer examined Ashby and Fowler to determine their reproductive problems.
Meanwhile, Rowlette was unaware of what transpired until October, when she found old paperwork at Fowler's house. She discovered that Mortimer delivered her on the day of her birth on her own, by looking at her birth certificate. Though the name was foreign to her, horrifyingly to Rowlette's parents, it was a name that they recognized nearly all too well. "We are committed to delivering the most accurate results, however with this, people may learn of unexpected connections". "With Ancestry, customers maintain ownership and control over their DNA data".
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