A outstanding New York fertility specialist become a “serial sperm donor’’ — secretly fathering a daughter with an unsuspecting affected person and giving the kid no less than 9 half-siblings, a brand new lawsuit alleges.
Morgan Hellquist, 35, says in her upstate Morgan County lawsuit that she solely confirmed she was the daughter of married 70-year-old Dr. Morris Wortman of Rochester in Might, thanks partly to over-the-counter DNA testing.
“[Wortman] dedicated a gross, wanton, and willful fraud in opposition to Plaintiff so outrageous in character as to violate all bounds of decency, and which entails excessive ethical culpability, rises to a stage of wanton dishonesty, and shocks the conscience,’’ the plaintiff seethes in her go well with.
Hellquist says her mom got here into contact with Wortman whereas in search of fertility therapy from him between 1983 and 1985, in keeping with court docket paperwork.
The plaintiff explains in her go well with that the person she grew up calling dad was unable to have youngsters after having been left a paraplegic at age 20 when a drunk driver crashed into his bike.
Hellquist’s mother obtained sperm injections two to a few instances a month at Wortman’s clinics for $50 a pop, the go well with says.
The mom was advised the sperm was coming from “a College of Rochester Medical Middle medical pupil who was prepared to donate his reside sperm to assist [her and her husband] to conceive,’’ the papers state.
The donor was to not have any identified bodily or psychological circumstances he may go on to a baby or be of predominantly Italian or Jewish ancestry in order to raised mix with Hellquist’s dad and mom, the go well with says.
Hellquist was born in September 1985 — inside weeks of the beginning of Wortman’s daughter by his then-wife, in keeping with the paperwork.
The go well with says Hellquist realized she was conceived by way of a sperm donor at age 8.
She went on to get marred and have a number of kids however suffered from irregular menstrual bleeding, so she went to Wortman herself for medical care between 2012 and 2021, the papers say.
Throughout no less than a part of that point, Wortman knew he was her organic father — but gave her breast and vaginal exams, the paperwork say.
In 2016, a couple of yr after the loss of life of her father, Hellquist found by way of a generic genetic testing service that she was half Ashkenazi Jewish.
Over the following few years, by way of further testing, she realized she had six half-siblings, her go well with states.
In the meantime, Hellquist grew more and more suspicious of Wortman, who’s “100% Ashkenazi Jewish,’’ the papers say.
This previous April, he suspiciously regaled her with tales about his private experiences and advised her, “You’re a great child. Such a great child,” her go well with says. His present spouse additionally “got here into the room at Defendant Wortman’s request in order that [she] may get an in depth have a look at Plaintiff to see Plaintiff’s bodily resemblance to Defendant Wortman as a result of [she] and Defendant Wortman each knew Defendant Wortman was Plaintiff’s organic father,’’ the papers declare.
The subsequent month, Hellquist and certainly one of her half-brothers had been capable of persuade Wortman’s daughter from his first marriage to endure DNA testing — and the plaintiff realized from the outcomes that they had been all Wortman’s organic youngsters, the go well with alleges.
Given Wortman had three kids from his marriages, that made nine-half-siblings for Hellquist — “with probably extra to be found,” her go well with says.
Including to the dangerous scenario is the truth that Wortman, his mom and a brother have been handled for psychological sickness, the go well with says. Ashkenazi descendants additionally carry a better danger of sure medical circumstances corresponding to most cancers, the papers say.
Hellquist is suing for unspecified damages.
Wortman didn’t return a name from The Publish in search of remark Tuesday.
His lawyer advised WHEC-TV in Rochester that the physician’s camp wouldn’t be instantly commenting on the go well with.
Extra reporting by Priscilla DeGregory