Pauline’s face went pale as she sat frozen in her seat. She was panicked and her heart was racing. She had gotten the news just five minutes ago, and it hit her like a ton of bricks.
She screamed at the top of her lungs, she was furious as the same two questions flooded her mind: how was this possible? And how on earth could he get away with this? She felt a shiver run down her spine as she looked down at her stomach. She wouldn’t be able to come back from this, ever.
Pauline Chambless and her husband first met when they were just teenagers. It was love at first sight, and soon enough the love-stricken couple got engaged and eventually became Mr. and Mrs. Chambless.
But despite their happiness, there was still something missing from their lives.
For a decade, Pauline had tried to get pregnant. But despite all the effort, it seemed like maybe motherhood just wasn’t on the cards for Pauline. She had nephews and nieces that she adored, but she longed for her own child.
However, a stranger was about to come into Pauline’s life, and they were going to help her out. Or so she thought.
Pauline and her husband knew they were not going to be able to have a baby the “normal way,” so instead, they decided to turn to an expert.
That expert was Dr. Kim McMorries and everybody knew him as the doctor with a smile. He was friendly and caring. But underneath the fertility doctor’s smile lay something seriously sinister.
Pauline and her husband had faith in Dr. McMorries – he had been recommended by a few close friends and was by far the best fertility doctor around.
“There’s no way he would let us down,” Pauline thought to herself moments before walking into his office. But she had no idea what this doctor was secretly up to.
As soon as Pauline and her husband met Dr. McMorries they knew they made the right decision. He was a kind and warm man with decades of experience.
Pauline filled in the necessary paperwork and before she knew it, she and her husband had a potential donor! Things were looking good for Pauline, but little did she know what was in store for her.
Pauline then underwent two and a half years of artificial insemination in hopes that she would get pregnant.
It was an emotional and grueling process, however, Pauline was adamant it would work. But she had no idea what was around the corner.
Throughout the two and a half years of artificial insemination, Pauline fell pregnant a few times but ultimately lost the baby after six weeks.
Pauline was devasted. With every two steps she put forward, she felt she was going three steps backward. But though all the devastation this couple went through, Dr. McMorries was right there beside them. Watching, and waiting.
Just when Pauline was about to give up on the idea of becoming a mother, she became pregnant! All that hard work, money time had finally paid off!
Pauline and her husband were over the moon. As was Dr. McMorries, in fact, he was even more excited than Pauline’s husband. Pauline thought things could only get better, but she was so wrong.
After nine months, Pauline finally went into labor at a local hospital. She couldn’t wait to have her baby in her arms. During the birthing process, her husband was there, but so was someone else.
Dr. McMorries was by Pauline’s side every step of the way. She assumed he was doing his best to be a supportive doctor. But little did she know that he had a secret agenda.
Pauline’s baby girl, Jessica was born healthy and happy. Pauline and her husband knew that they didn’t want to keep secrets from Jessica.
They made sure to tell her when she was old enough, that she was conceived with the help of a donor. Finally, this family was complete. Nothing could go wrong. Or so they thought.
Pauline’s daughter Jessica had always wondered who her father was. She wasn’t sad about it, or angry, you see she loved her parents, but the question still lingered in the back of her mind.
And so, the decades went by, and now, 33-year-old Jessica thought it was time for the truth. She set on a hunt to find her biological father. But what she found changed her life forever.
Jessica took a DNA test and a few weeks passed and she received the good news that she had a match! She went over to her mother Pauline’s house to share the good news.
Jessica found out that she had three half-siblings: two sisters and a brother. She quickly got in touch with her new siblings, while wondering what else she would uncover. But Jessica never could have expected what she would soon find out.
Jessica was around her mother Paulin’s house when she received a call from her long lost half-sister Eve. Excited but nervous, Jessica answered wondering what her new sister had to say.
At first, there was casual small talk, but what Eve told Jessica next, left her feeling sick to her stomach.
“Do you know the details of our birth story?” Eve asked Jessica. “Was Dr. McMorries your mom’s doctor?”
When Jessica heard Eve say the doctor’s name, she felt confused. As did Pauline who was listening to the conversation. How did Eve know his name? What Eve was about to reveal to Jessica was going to tear her world in two.
“I’m sorry to say this Jessica,” Eve said, her voice sounding sad and quiet, “but that doctor is also our biological father.”
The words hit Jessica like a ton of bricks. How was that possible? Pauline, who was listening to the conversation, was equally as lost speechless. She screamed out “what?” before realizing what exactly that doctor had done to her.
“It’s impossible” Pauline shouted out. “I never would have agreed for the doctor to do that,” she proclaimed to her daughter. She felt like she was in a nightmare.
But unfortunately, this was not a nightmare it was her reality. Pauline had been a victim of “fertility fraud.”
Fertility fraud is when a doctor knowingly uses his own sperm to inseminate a female patient without her consent.
When Jessica and Pauline discovered this, they knew they had to make him pay. He wasn’t going to get away with it. No way.
After confronting Dr. McMorries, he responded to his new daughter and ex-patient with a letter that left this sickened mother and daughter duo even more angry.
He explained that he had purposely mixed his own sperm with other donors. The reason why? To improve the mother’s chances of getting pregnant. But Pauline never consented to this, so how was it legal?
There were blurred lines when it came to the legality of what Dr. McMorries did. And unfortunately, he got away with it.
But in April 2019 Eve Wiley, Jessicas’s half-sister and secret daughter of Dr. McMorries testified to a Senate panel. The following September, it became an illegal assault for a doctor to use sperm from an unofficial donor. But how would Pauline and Jessica live the rest of their lives having just uncovered this harrowing secret?
Both Jessica and Pauline felt sick to their stomach the moment the truth came out. Pauline never could have imagined a doctor doing something like that.
Despite the horror and shock they endured, the mother and daughter duo don’t have any regrets. Pauline, in particular was grateful for the fact she had her beautiful daughter Jessica. And that triumphed everything.