Woman's Ancestry.com DNA test shows real dad is mom's doctor

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Rowlette's parents went to Dr. Mortimer in 1979 at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls, where her mother was diagnosed with a "tipped" uterus and her father with low sperm count and motility.

A WOMAN has claimed she was shocked to discover her real dad is her parents' fertility doctor after taking an Ancestry.com DNA test. According to a lawsuit the family filed in the US District Court of Idaho, she told her parents she was disappointed that the results were so unreliable.

He eventually delivered Rowlette in May 1981 but still never mentioned the secret, according to the complaint. However, Fowler allegedly used his own sperm without their knowledge instead.

According to the Daily Beast, Kelli Rowlette is suing retired Idaho Falls fertility doctor Dr. Gerald E. Mortimer for medical negligence, battery, and fraud.

Yet previous year, Rowlette, now 36, discovered through a commercial DNA test that she had a parent-child genetic match with her mother's doctor, Dr. Gerald Mortimer, according to the lawsuit.

Though Ashby and Fowler had their suspicions after Rowlette told them the Ancestry.com results, they did not divulge everything to her right away.

The family claims that Mortimer served as Ashby's OB-GYN for several years until the family moved to Washington State. Last October, Rowlette was "horrified" to discover her birth certificate was signed by Mortimer.

Kelli Rowlette and her parents are represented by Shea Meehan of Walker, Hey, Meehan and Eisinger in the fertility fraud case, reports Courthouse News.

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They specified the donor must be a university student who was taller than 6 feet and had brown hair and blue eyes.

The doctor's recommendation was the couple undergo a procedure where donor semen would be mixed with Fowler's semen to increase the chance of conception. When Ms. Ashby investigated further and saw Dr. Mortimer's name, she was devastated.

The Ancestry.com DNA test provides customers with likely genetic matches for those interested in genealogy.

Rowlette and her family seem convinced by the results of her Ancestry.com test, but there have been plenty of questions over the years about the trustworthiness of private, internet-based services like it. DNA tests from Ancestry.com and 23andMe have been known to show slightly different geographical ancestry for siblings or even identical twins, for example.

It wasn't until Rowlette was helping clean up her father's house that she finally discovered her parents' connection to Mortimer. Requests to reach Mortimer and the Idaho clinic in question were not immediately returned.

"Ms. Ashby contacted Mr. Fowler, now her ex-husband, and relayed the information she obtained from Ancestry.com".

She initially believed the results were flawed and was "disappointed" with them, according to the complaint.

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