After nine years From regular vaginal and breast exams with your gynecologist, Morgan Hellquist Little by little he became aware of a painful condition. She suspected that the doctor she had relied on for countless tests was her biological father.
The first sign came during a date in April, Hellquist alleges in a lawsuit filed last weekend. Hellquist never met his biological father, sinceVia artificial insemination Born in September 1985. But she knew one thingas orderd: the doctorAnd Maurice WortmanAnd Easy IVF for his motherAlthough she and her family believed it was with the medical student’s sperm.
During an April appointment, while Wortman performed a vaginal ultrasound on Hellquist, the doctor asked him to remove the mask because it looked better without it. Wortman also invited his wife into the examination room to meet Hellquist so he could observe the woman’s features and discern her physical resemblance to Wortman, according to the lawsuit. Then Wortman was said to have said:You are a really good girl, a good girl“.
It was then that Hellquist realized that WortmanA man I’ve known since childhood and been receiving medical care from for nearly a decade, Could be his biological father. It was later discovered, according to the lawsuit, that a doctor RochesterAnd New York, Maybe Father of six more children that you’ve defined over a period of several years starting in 2017.
A DNA test conducted a month later showed that she was Wortman’s biological daughter.The lawsuit says.
Hillquist “was in shock and in disbelief that he would continue his work as a gynecologist if he was his biological daughter”The lawsuit says.
currently, Ask Hellquist Wortmann, alleging medical malpractice, lack of informed consent, assault, fraud, neglect, and causing mental disorders. The lawsuit alleges that, in 1985, Two tumors carried Helquist’s motherAnd Jo Ann LevyAnd Using his own sperm while telling him it was a medical student – However, from the age of 26, Wortman began to treat the daughter he helped create.
Wortman did not respond to phone messages from Washington Post.
Stories of doctors secretly dumping their patients’ sperm are not rare.. Dozens of people have accused Quincy Fortier, a respected obstetrician, of being their biological father, claiming he secretly vaccinated their mothers while they were receiving treatment at a Las Vegas hospital. In July, hundreds of plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit reached a $10.7 million interim settlement with an Ottawa fertility doctor who allegedly artificially inseminated women with the wrong sperm and, in some cases, himself.
In Hillquist’s case, Wortman helped his mother with IVF in the early 1980s, after Hillquist’s father, Gary Levy, was shocked by a drunk driver and paralyzed from the waist down, the lawsuit says. Leveys had two conditions: the donor must have a clean medical history and Northern European ancestry matching that of the Levey family. Wortman told the family that the medical student would be donating sperm, according to the lawsuit.
For about a year, Jo-Ann Levy tried to conceive, but to no avail, after several attempts at artificial insemination. But in 1985, Levi got pregnant. On September 19 of that year Morgan was born.
When the girl was 8 years old, the Levi’s family told Morgan that Gary was not her biological father and that her pregnancy was artificial. The lawsuit says Morgan’s parents also told him about Wortman, who they praised as a talented doctor who delivered the miracle of his birth. The lawsuit says that as Morgan matured, married and had children, he maintained an affinity with Wortman.
So when the 26-year-old Hellquist started having irregular menstrual bleeding, she sought Wartman’s help. From 2012 to 2021, he remained her physician, performing medical examinations and procedures that required Hellquist to be under conscious sedation, according to the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, Hellquist begins a search for a medical student who he believes is his biological father. An initial genetic test showed she was half Jewish, but she had no luck finding the medical student. While that, In 2017, she found out that she has two half-brothers, both half-Jewish, bred by a donor and born in the mid-1980s. A year later, Hellquist discovers two half-brothers, which was also made by donors, half Jewish and born in the 1980s. In the following years, Hellquist found two other brothers with the same story..
Hellquist feared that his father was a serial sperm donor and that “other siblings continued to appear in his life,” according to the lawsuit.
After each discovery, Hellquist notified WortmanThe lawsuit says. And last April 12, found herself in Wortman’s private office, where Came to suspect he was a serial donor of sperm. However, he thought it implausible that Wortman would knowingly treat his biological daughter as a gynecological patient for nearly a decade.The lawsuit states.
But a month later, that was confirmed by a DNA test.He said in the lawsuit. One of his brothers had been in contact with one of Wartman’s well-known daughters, and testing concluded there was a 99.99% chance that they were siblings. This evidence, Hellquist says, indicates that Wortman is his father. The lawsuit says that had Hellquist known this, he “never would have consented to be a patient at his gynecological clinic.”