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Morgan Hellquist, who lives in New York, hysterically “screamed and sobbed” while almost crashing her car when she found out that the gynecologist who had been treating her for nine years was secretly her biological father and knew it.
She laid out her horrific story on “Good Morning America” Friday. Dr. Morris Wortman gave her breast and pelvic examinations, as well as fitting her for an IUD during the years he was her doctor.
“He knew the whole time who he was and I didn’t,” Hellquist said sobbing while she recounted her ordeal. “He took away that choice for me.”
Hellquist is now suing Wortman, who is an upstate OB/GYN based in Rochester. She is seeking unspecified damages in a suit that was filed last September. It charges the doctor with medical malpractice, lack of informed consent, battery, fraud, negligence, and infliction of emotional distress.
“[Wortman] committed a gross, wanton, and willful fraud against [Hellquist] so outrageous in character as to violate all bounds of decency, and which involves high moral culpability, rises to a level of wanton dishonesty and shocks the conscience,” the suit contends.
Wortman is evidently not commenting on the suit, according to the New York Post.
Hellquist is also asserting that Wortman inseminated her unsuspecting mother, Jo Ann Levey, with his sperm in January 1985. She is now finding out through DNA databases that she has a number of half-siblings due to the doctor’s allegedly unscrupulous actions.
“My mom feels so violated,” she told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. “She said, ‘I feel like he raped me.’ She feels like all of it is her fault.”
VIOLATION & BETRAYAL: Morgan Hellquist is suing Dr. Morris Wortman, a Rochester fertility specialist, who was her OB-GYN, and shockingly, her biological father. pic.twitter.com/mokaF0qr8K
— kimberlygrey (@kimberlygrey19) February 24, 2022
Hellquist’s mother went to Wortman for fertility treatments in the mid-1980s. Jo Ann Levey’s husband tragically became a paraplegic when he was 20-years-old after his motorcycle was hit by a drunk driver and they needed assistance so they could have a child. They paid the doctor $50 three times a month in exchange for an anonymous University of Rochester Medical Center student’s sperm.
The lawsuit specified that the donor “was not to have any known physical or mental conditions that he could pass on to a child and was not to be of predominantly Italian or Jewish ancestry so that the child would blend in with Jo Ann and Gary.”
Hellquist knew that Wortman had helped her mother conceive her and idolized the doctor for helping her parents have a child. She became a patient of his in 2012.
She now recalls how he would reportedly tell her his personal thoughts and experiences which now seems inappropriate and strange. He would allegedly compliment her, saying things such as, “You’re a good kid. Such a good kid.” Per the lawsuit, he also once called her a “Jewish American princess.”
According to official documents, once during a visit, Wortman requested that his current wife join them in the examination room so that she could “get a close look at [Hellquist] to see [Hellquist’s] physical resemblance to Defendant Wortman because [she] and Defendant Wortman both knew Defendant Wortman was [Hellquist’s] biological father.”
Following the death of Hellquist’s husband in 2016, she took an Ancestry DNA test and discovered that she was Ashkenazi Jewish just like Wortman. Ashkenazi descendants, according to the lawsuit, are at higher risk for certain medical conditions such as cancer. Not only that, but according to the suit, Wortman, his mother, and a brother have been treated for mental illness.
After 9 yrs of regular vaginal & breast examinations with her gynecologist, Morgan Hellquist slowly came to a distressing realization. The doctor whom she had trusted with countless examinations was, she suspected, her biological father.😱"How creepy and therapy driven is this?!" pic.twitter.com/YxIXDonQZy
— Sumner (@diamondlass99) September 16, 2021
One half-sibling came to light named David Berry. Hellquist eventually met with him and they were both shocked when they found out that they had numerous half-siblings.
“Then there was five of us. And we were all the same age,” Hellquist pointed out. “And six, and then seven. And it started to feel like, well, if there’s seven there might be 20. And if there’s 20, there might be 100. And I started to feel terrified.”
Berry’s mother also claims she never gave permission for Wortman to use his own sperm to impregnate her in the ’80s.
“I am the product of something that should have never happened with an unconscionable violation of ethics, at a minimum,” Berry said during the “Good Morning America” interview.
“[Wortman] is something I can’t escape, because his DNA’s in me,” he added. “His DNA’s in my son. I wrestle with that. The first time I held my son, that man was in the room with me.”
Unfortunately, insemination misuse does not qualify as sexual assault in the state of New York.
“I do not have a fertility fraud case,” Hellquist emotionally stated. “I have a case because he touched me without my consent.”
“David and my siblings are … it’s not even bittersweet. It’s that they’re the shining glue that holds me together during all of this,” she said.
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