Australian woman tracks down and marries sperm-donor

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 27, 2016 15:46 IST
Hart married Andersen after tracking him down so he could meet their daughter, Leila. (Photo courtesy: Aminah Hart’s Facebook page.)

An Australian woman has tracked down and married the sperm-donor father of her child, according to a report published in the UK daily The Independent.

Aminah Hart, who was born in Britain but has since assumed an Australian citizenship, has written a book detailing her experience, saying she wanted to meet her IVF donor after the birth of their daughter, Leila.

Scott Andersen, a 45-year-old cattle farmer, was chosen from a list of suitable candidates by Hart because he described himself as being “happy and healthy”.

Hart had underonge in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment in order to have Leila. IVF is the process by which an egg is fertilised by sperm outside of the human body.

She contacted him formally via the IVF clinic, and he accepted after seeing the striking resemblance between Leila and him.

Andersen said he first agreed to the meeting in order to see the girl but later developed feelings for Hart. Two other children she gave birth to from previous relationships had both died at young age.

Hart later found out that she had a rare genetic disorder which only affected male offspring.

“You can’t really put it into words. I had two relationships and two children but it wasn’t until the second one that I got a diagnosis of the genetic disorder. I did set out to have a family the conventional way and if I didn’t have them I wouldn’t have Leila or Scott,” Hart told the Mail Online.

“I would have never been looking for a sperm donor or thought to go through IVF to have a baby on my own.”

Hart’s story is due to be made into a film.

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