A toddler conceived in 1977 by synthetic insemination was fathered by the fertility doctor who carried out the process, a brand new lawsuit claims.
Barbara Gordon, 41, by no means knew that her organic father was Dr. John Coates III, of Vermont, till two months in the past when she used DNA testing to be taught extra about her family tree, in accordance to the Dec. 4 lawsuit in Vermont Federal Court.
Gordon came upon about Coates using Ancestry.com and 23andme.com, WCAX-TV reported Friday.
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“It was completely news to them. They had no expectation that this would turn up when their daughter did the research with respect to it,” Jerry O’Neill, the legal professional representing Rousseau and her husband, informed the station.
Her dad and mom, Cheryl and Peter Rousseau, of Pinellas County, Fla., introduced the lawsuit, which seeks damages for negligence, breach of contract and different claims.
The defendants are Coates and the hospital the place he labored in 1977.
The lawsuit claims that Coates represented that he would artificially inseminate Cheryl Rousseau with sperm from an unnamed medical pupil who resembled Peter Rousseau.
Coates has denied he’s Gordon’s father, the lawsuit says.
The Associated Press reported that the doctor declined to remark when reached by cellphone on Friday.
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His lawyer, Peter Joslin, didn’t return an electronic mail looking for remark from Fox News Saturday.
The hospital, now named University of Vermont Health Network at Central Vermont Medical Center, stated it couldn’t communicate to the lawsuit however famous that Coates had a non-public follow and wasn’t employed by the medical middle.
A retired Indianapolis fertility doctor used his own sperm to impregnate probably dozens of ladies after telling them the donors had been nameless. Dr. Donald Cline was given a one-year suspended sentence final 12 months after he pleaded responsible to two counts of obstruction of justice.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.