The lawsuit differs from some involving fertility doctors in that Wortman, a gynecologist, had also treated the woman as a patient for almost 10 years, eperforming numerous breast and pelvic exams and discussing his libido and other personal issues.
The doctor's conduct "shocks the conscience ", according to the legal file.
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The lawsuit said the woman knew she was born in 1985 by artificial insemination and that Wortman had, in fact, been "revered " in his family for helping his mother conceive through what they believed to be an anonymous sperm donation from a medical student at the 'University of Rochester.
But the woman began to question the story after undergoing a genetic test in 2016 that began to link her to one stepbrother after another - all the people who were themselves the children of sperm donors.
L 'one of those siblings, David Berry, had been in contact with the woman for about four years before their growing suspicions were confirmed. He and other half-siblings were initially delighted to meet on their common bond. Her feelings are more complicated now.
"An interesting dichotomy is feeling gratitude for your existence and at the same time knowing that you are the product of something that should never have happened. , "Berry, 36, said over the phone from Miami, Fla.
" It's become a harder pill to swallow, "he said. "On the one hand, you are grateful for your existence and the people with whom you share the experience. On the other hand, I do not know how you forgive the breach of trust and trust that 's 'a woman puts in her doctor in the most intimate of settings. "
Meanwhile, Wortman has continued to provide medical care tothe woman, occasionally interspersing her visits with personal questions about her husband and children and recounting her own child history of Holocaust survivors. On a date, Wortman introduced him to his wi fe.
During a visit in April, according to the lawsuit, Wortman laughed to himself and said aloud voice: "You're a really good boy, such a good boy.
DNA testing with Berry and Wortman's daughter from her first marriage confirmed the genetic link in May, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit charges Wortman and his Rochester clinic, the Center for Menstrual Disorders, with medical malpractice, battery and personal injury, emotional distress, negligence, fraud and lack of consent illuminated.
Wortman is unlikely to face criminal charges because too much time has passed.has elapsed, according to the Monroe County District Attorney's Office.
"While no victims have contacted yet, our appeals office did a quick search and it appears that " 'withreference to what has been made public, any criminal action is prohibited by the preion period, "spokesman Calli Marianetti said in an email on Tuesday.
A handful of States, including Indiana, where Cline practiced, have enacted laws in recent years expressly prohibiting a doctor from secretly donating sperm to a fertilized patient, but few or no legal restrictions existed in the 1970s. and 1980, the period involved in many allegations.