A Florida couple is suing a Vermont gynecologist after their daughter’s genetic check revealed the physician was her organic father, the lawsuit claims.
Peter and Cheryl Rousseau filed a go well with Dec. 4 in opposition to Montpelier-based Dr. John Boyd Coates and Central Medical Center, the place he labored on the time the couple was attempting to conceive. They are looking for over $75,000 in damages, The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reported.
The couple, who married in 1974, every had kids from earlier marriages however wished a baby of their own. Peter had a vasectomy which was not reversible on the time, so the couple opted for insemination, in accordance with the go well with.
In 1977, Coates signed a contract agreeing to make use of the sperm of an unidentified medical pupil who resembled Peter to inseminate Cheryl, the go well with claims.
The Rousseau’s didn’t suspect Coates was the daddy of their little one till their daughter, Barbara Mary Frances Rousseau, now 41, used web sites like Ancestry.com and 23andMe to be taught extra about her background and medical historical past, in accordance with the go well with.
“Defendant Dr. Coates knew that the child born as Barbara Mary Frances Rousseau was his biological daughter but chose to never disclose this fact to Plaintiffs nor to Barbara Mary Frances,” the go well with claims.
The go well with provides the insemination was “harmful, offensive and constituted a battery upon Plaintiff Cheryl Rousseau.”
Coates denied that he’s the daddy, in accordance with the Orlando Sentinel. His lawyer, Peter Joslin was not obtainable for remark.
The Rousseau’s’ lawyer, Jerome O’Neill, mentioned he wasn’t certain if extra of Coates’ sufferers had been inseminated with his sperm. He cited narcissism as a potential motive for inseminating his patient, WCAX reported.