Doc accused of ‘fertility fraud’ dies after handmade plane crashes

The following is from MedPage Today.

A New York ob/gyn who has been accused of “fertility fraud” died in a home-built plane crash last weekend, according to reports.

Morris Wortman, MD, 72, was a passenger in a single-engine, fixed-wing experimental aircraft that broke apart during the flight and crashed in a pasture in upstate New York on Sunday.

The pilot, Earl Luce Jr., 70, also died, according to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

A preliminary investigation found that the “wings of the aircraft became detached from the fuselage and fell to the ground in an orchard,” according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Wortman was sued in September 2021 by Morgan Hellquist, who hadn’t known that Wortman was her biological father when he was her gynecologist in Rochester, New York.

Since New York doesn’t have “fertility fraud” laws, according to the Democrat & Chronicle, Hellquist sued for battery and emotional distress for knowingly treating her — his daughter — as his patient.

The lawsuit alleged that Wortman used his own sperm, even though he told Hellquist’s mother he was using donor sperm from a medical student.

Hellquist wasn’t the only case: at least 10 half-siblings learned of each other through ancestry research efforts of Hellquist and her half-brother David Berry, according to the New York Times.

Wortman didn’t comment when the suit was filed, according to the AP. The civil case is pending in Monroe County Court in New York.

The NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration will continue to investigate the crash.

Read more here.

The Lemonade Mermaid Store

Unique gifts for Land or Sea Mermaids, Mer-pets and Little Mermaids!

Left: Pastel Beach Necklace $16


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top