She initially believed the results were flawed and was "disappointed" with them, according to the complaint. Rowlette was never told that her parents struggled to conceive a child and opted for artificial insemination in 1980.
Rowlette's lawsuit accuses Mortimer of fraud, medical negligence, battery, emotional distress and breach of contract.
The plaintiffs also name the Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls in the lawsuit, whose members, they claim, knew about Dr Mortimer's behavior.
A woman is suing a reproductive specialist in the United States after a DNA test revealed he was her biological father.
The lawsuit claims the doctor was aware he used his own sperm to impregnate Rowlette's mother when she and her husband went to him in the early 1980s.
In 1979, Rowlette's parents Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler were having trouble conceiving and saw Mortimer at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Idaho Falls, where the doctor diagnosed Ashby with a tipped uterus and Fowler with a low sperm count and low sperm mobility, according to the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Idaho.
Unbeknownst to the couple, Mortimer actually used his own sperm. The donor sperm had to come from a college student who looked like Fowler with brown hair, blue eyes and over 6 feet tall.
"Ms. Ashby contacted Mr. Fowler, now her ex-husband, and relayed the information she obtained from Ancestry.com".
Strong to severe storms possible Saturday in the Midlands
Lows will warm from the low to mid 30s Saturday night to the upper 40s to low 50s by the middle of next week. The best chance for thunder and perhaps a strong storm looks to set up south of I-20 and west of I-65.
Mortimer remained Ashby's ob-gyn for several years, and "two years after Kelli Rowlette's birth, Ms. Ashby and Mr. Fowler successfully conceived a son without medical assistance", according to the lawsuit.
Consequently, the couple chose to be artificially inseminated using sperm from both her husband (85 percent) and a donor (15 percent), who was requested to be a university student with fairly specific physical characteristics.
In August, Rowlette was helping to sort through her parents' old papers when she ran across her birth certificate.
Ancestry.com is out here changing people's lives-but it's not always for the better.
"We are committed to delivering the most accurate results, however with this, people may learn of unexpected connections", it read. Her parents had used Mortimer's services back when they were trying to get pregnant, and apparently he managed to pull a fast one on them.
"With Ancestry, customers maintain ownership and control over their DNA data", the statement continued.
The family is reportedly "suffering immeasurably" since finding out the truth about Rowlette's parentage.