It's a sweet story that begins with a heartbroken mother and an anonymous sperm donation--and ends with a walk down the aisle.
By the time she was 40 years old, Aminah Hart of Australia had lost two sons due to a rare disorder called X-linked myotubular myopathy, which affects muscle control in small baby boys and can lead to premature death. The pain of the losses had ended her two previous romantic relationships, and at age 41, she found herself single and struggling with loneliness. That's when her mother encouraged her to try conceiving again, using IVF and an anonymous donor.
Hart went for it, and after multiple failed attempts, she got pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl named Leila in August 2012. Curious about her daughter's father, she reached out to the sperm donor--Scott Andersen, an Australian cattle breeder and football coach--via the official IVF register.
Though Andersen was not legally required to meet Leila until she turned 18, he agreed, especially after he received a photo of his baby and saw how much she looked like both him and his other children from previous marriages.
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They nervously met for the first time four days after Leila’s first birthday, and soon set up monthly get-togethers as they got to know each other. But that then turned into weekly meet-ups, as the two realized they were falling for each other and began officially dating.
And now, they're married! With Leila at their side, the couple said their "I dos" during a recent a clifftop wedding in Sorrento, Victoria in Australia.
"I thought when I had Leila that was as good as life could get because I finally had a healthy child," Hart told Australian Woman's Day. "I'd given up on being able to have a partner and a child. Then Scott came along, and he said he wanted to be Leila's dad, and I thought, "That's even better!"
That's a fairytale ending if we've ever heard one.
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via Australian Woman's Day