Court documents have revealed that an Idaho woman has filed a lawsuit against former OB/GYN doctor Gerald E. Mortimer accusing him of malpractice, fraud and negligence. The case comes about after the woman, named Kelli Rowlette, took an Ancestry.com genealogy test and was left confused when the tests came back. The popular genealogy site said that they had found a man 500 miles away who was a match for her biological father, and his name was Gerald E. Mortimer.
Except… Kelli wasn’t looking for her biological father. She had a biological father, or at least she thought she did. At first she assumed Ancestry.com had made a colossal mistake, but a closer look at the man who Ancestry.com thought was her father revealed a shocking detail.
He had been her parents’ fertility doctor years before.
Kelli didn’t even know her parents had once had difficulty conceiving, but after speaking to them she learned that years before her birth her parents had sought medical help over having children. At the time they had been referred to Dr Mortimer who diagnosed her father with a low sperm count, and her mother with a tilted uterus. He had told them that their best bet for conceiving was if they allowed him to use artificial insemination with a mixture of Kelli’s father’s sperm, and that of a donor.
Kelli’s parents had requested that the donor be a college-educated, brown haired male over six foot tall. After the procedure they had conceived, and Kelli was born nine months later. But now the Ancestry.com test has revealed that Dr Mortimer did not go and find a sperm sample from a suitable donor, instead he had just used his own despite it being extremely unprofessional and a betrayal of the Rowlette’s trust. Mortimer also matched none of the Rowlette’s specifications for a donor. Dr Mortimer even helped deliver Kelli, his own child, without mentioning a word to the parents.
Wow! I bet he never thought he would get caught! That is insane. https://t.co/o1zngiLLeu— lindsey (@l_afan) April 4, 2018
Now Kelli is seeking to have Dr Mortimer held accountable for his behaviour through a lawsuit. It is not clear if Mortimer has committed a crime, but it is likely his behaviour could result in him struck off the medical register considering it was a gross abuse of his position and the trust his patients placed in him.