Londoner Aminah Hart was already in her 40’s when she decided to use IVF and an anonymous sperm donor to have a child. But what Hart didn’t expect what that years later, she’d meet him and fall in love.
In her new book, “How I Met Your Father,” Hart chronicles her reasonings for choosing an anonymous sperm donor. Hart previously lost two baby boys as result of a genetic disorder passed from mother to son. Anonymous sperm donation and IVF offered a last chance to have a healthy child.
Nine months after choosing her mysterious donor, Hart’s beautiful little daughter, Leila, was born. Brimming with pride at her new bundle of joy in the world, she couldn’t help but wonder who her little girl’s father was.
The new mom decided to stick to the rules and go through the IVF registry – where it’s possible to anonymously contact donors with a thank you letter and photographs.
“I just sent him an email of thanks, really from the bottom of my heart,” Hart told ABC Australia.
Across the globe – over 9,000 miles away – Scott Andersen, an Australian cattle farmer and father of four, received the messages which would change his life forever. Under no obligation to reply, he did, he thought that Leila was “gorgeous.”
Through months of corresponding, Hart and Andersen finally met. And as they say, the rest is history. Andersen and Hart fell in love and now their story is a book, with a movie in development.