A sperm bank love story
A single Australian woman had a child using in-vitro fertilisation, only to later fall in love with the anonymous sperm donor.
In an unlikely “back-to-front love story” that has attracted the interest of Hollywood filmmakers, Aminah Hart, now 45, met her husband-to-be only after she had given birth to their daughter, Leila.
The pair fell in love and are now engaged.
Hart had selected Scott Andersen, an Australian cattle farmer who lives on an island off the south coast, from five possible sperm donors because she liked that he listed himself as “happy and healthy”.
They agreed to meet for the first time in Melbourne four days after Leila’s first birthday.
Said Andersen: “Neither of us expected it to happen. I fell in love with Leila before I fell in love with Aminah. It was all odd at the start. But Leila’s beautiful.
“We arranged to meet once a month. Aminah and I became quite friendly and Leila started calling me Daddy and coming to me all the time.”
Hart had decided to try to track down the father after Leila turned one.
She contacted Andersen via the official IVF register.
He was not legally required to meet Leila until she turned 18 but agreed, especially after he received a photo of his baby and saw how much she looked like both him and his four children from two previous marriages.
The pair this week revealed they had got engaged during a holiday in Thailand, after Andersen went to buy milk for Leila in a village and returned with a ring for Hart.
Their extraordinary marriage has attracted attention from screenwriters, including from Working Title, the creators of Love Actually and Bridget Jones’s Diary
©The Daily Telegraph | 12 November