Rochester, NY

Woman sues doctor of nine years after she discovers she’s his daughter

Amy Christie

A woman brought a lawsuit against a New York fertility doctor. She claims the man is her biological father and that he brought about pregnancies in his patients without their consent.

What are the details?

The 35-year-old woman accused Dr. Morris Wortman and his Rochester clinic, the Center for Menstrual Disorders, of malpractice, infliction of emotional distress, negligence, fraud, and lack of informed consent, according to Insider.

The plaintiff claims she is the daughter of a woman who went through fertility treatments with Wortman in the 1980s. She was born in 1985 through artificial insemination and Wortman was since the object of immense gratitude from the whole family.

The doctor allegedly told the family that the donor was a medical student from the University of Rochester, but the plaintiff took a DNA genealogy test, and the results were very disturbing.

The woman discovered that she has at least nine siblings, children of the same donor. As her suspicions continued to grow, she was still his patient and continued to receive care for nine years at his clinic.

Wortman kept asking questions about her family at even brought his wife into an appointment so she could meet the woman.

In the complaint, it is alleged that during an appointment in April he said "You're a really good kid, such a good kid" while tending to the woman.

At that time one of the siblings, David Berry, had been in touch with the woman for four years after the genealogy test. The suit also mentions that separate tests were done to compare DNA samples between Berry and Wortman’s daughter from his first marriage. A genetic link was confirmed, AP reported.

“An interesting dichotomy is feeling gratitude for your existence and knowing at the same time that you are the product of something that should never have happened. It became a tougher pill to swallow. On one hand, you're grateful for your existence and the people you're sharing the experience with. On the other, I don't know how you forgive the breach of confidence and trust that a woman puts into her physician,” Berry shared with the outlet.

The Monroe County District Attorney's Office stated that it’s unlikely the doctor will have to face any charges due to the statute of limitations.

"While no victim has reached out yet, our appeals bureau did do some quick research and it appears that in reference to what has been made publicly available, any action is barred by the statute of limitations," spokesperson Calli Marianetti stated.

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