The Best Thing I Saw This Week Is a Romance That Began in a Test Tube

First came science, then a miracle baby, and finally unexpected love... a story about a modern family indeed.
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Woman Fell in Love With Sperm Donor Photo

Scott (the sperm donor), Aminah, and Leila. (Photo: Anthony Sines ACS)

The best thing on the Internet this week is a love story that is destined to become a Lifetime movie. It's got it all: tragedy, triumph, an unusual meet-cute, homewrecking, and a happy ending. It's the story of a woman who falls in love with the anonymous sperm donor who fathered her child. Here's what I'd imagine as the treatment for the screenplay:


Thandie Newton as Aminah Hart (the mother)

Paul Hogan as Scott Andersen (the father)

The Tragedy: 

In Victoria, Australia, plucky Aminah Hart gave birth to a son, Marlon, who came out of the womb "floppy," and passed away just 14 weeks later. Two years later, she had another son, who had the same condition. A doctor diagnosed him with X-linked myotubular myopathy, a genetic disorder that only manifests in boys. He died when he was 14 months old. Aminah realized that her only hope of having a healthy child was to give birth to a daughter.

--Soundtrack: "Sad Songs" by Rod Stewart and Elton John--

The Triumph:

Aminah's sons were both conceived the old-fashioned way. However, when she found herself single at 42 with a ticking biological clock, she decided to attempt in vitro fertilization via an anonymous sperm donor. Nine months later, she gave birth to a healthy daughter, Leila. Aminah, who was raised by a single mother decided that she wanted to know the identity of her baby's father. She never got to know her own dad, who lived in England, and, to make this story even more cinematic, played Omar Sharif's bodyguard in the movie Lawrence of Arabia. Since her donor had made his identity available via a registry, she was easily able to find him.

--Soundtrack: "Twist of Fate" by Olivia Newton John--

The Meet-Cute:

Aminah contacted her donor, the very fertile Scott Andersen, a twice divorced father of four. He agreed to meet Aminah and Leila. Scott quickly decided he wanted to be involved in his biological daughter's life. Trips to the zoo soon turned into long walks on the beach, which was beautiful because, hello, it's Australia!

--Soundtrack: "How Deep is Your Love" by the Bee Gees--

There was one person who was not impressed by the very modern love that was blossoming between them — Scott's girlfriend. Can you really blame her? In the Lifetime movie, I'm envisioning her being played by Kylie Minogue and being selfish and awful, but in real life, I get why she'd be annoyed that her man was not adhering to proper anonymous sperm donor protocol. So Scott left her for Aminah, perhaps believing that the reason his two prior marriages failed was that they fell in love before they had kids, not the other way around.

--Soundtrack: "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS--

The Happy Ending:

Aminah and Scott are still going strong a year after they got together. The duo continues to live a made-for-TV life. She's a cosmopolitan resident of Melbourne. He is a cattle breeder on Phillip Island, which is the sort of sexy blue-collar job that the career woman’s true love always has in romantic movies. Allegedly, “they co-habit and co-parent most days of the week, with Leila being an only child in Melbourne and a baby sister in Phillip Island." According to the Victoria Tourism Board, Phillip Island is "a 90 minute drive from Melbourne.” It's the 21st century version of The Brady Bunch, with lengthy commutes replacing sharing one bathroom as a source of conflict. As Aminah says, "Having the donor child as the final sibling in the family is a very modern twist, isn't it?"

--Soundtrack: "Truly, Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden--