Due to struggles with fertility, Mr and Mrs Cartellone opted to conceive via the costly and not-always-reliable in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) in 1994.
Years later, they have their 24-year-old daughter, Rebecca, who as a gift, gave her father a DNA test kit she got from Ancestry.com so he could look into his family history.
The family were shaken though when they saw no correlation between Joseph and Rebecca’s DNA and after getting a second professional test, their worst fears were confirmed, as there was no biological link between the two.
With that in mind, the family are suing the Institute for Reproductive Health, The Christ Hospital and Ovation Fertility, all of Cincinnati, as there was an obvious mixup, with the sperm being used likely from a doctor as the hospital.
Mr Cartellone told Good Morning America:
“When we looked at the results, what we immediately noticed was that that there were no traces of Italian DNA in [Rebecca’s results] at all.
And her DNA matched my wife’s pretty closely.
My disbelief turned quickly to shock and then ultimately to anger that this could possibly be the case.“
Stunned with the results, Mr Cartellone called the DNA testing company to ask if there was a mix-up, but when they explained their fool-proof system, he was convinced the answers were accurate.
During a press conference he said:
“This has been extremely difficult for my family.
I never would have imagined the Christmas gift of a home DNA kit would unveil this kind of abuse of our trust.
For our daughter Rebecca, it’s even tougher.
She’s experiencing significant emotional stress and confusion concerning her own identity.”
Lawyers have confirmed that the search for Rebecca’s biological father has been narrowed down to five men, with one of the Ohio doctors being one of them.
Our thoughts go out to the family during this hard time. A DNA test kit is a pretty weird gift though.
That’s the moral of the story here; don’t buy bad presents.
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