Ken never expected to be contacted by his children.
It had been more than 23 years since he participated in a sperm donor program, and the Adelaide resident told that’s life magazine the clinic said his donation had resulted in no successful pregnancies.
But Chloe Allworthy had been conceived, and after years spent searching, she finally made contact with the man she calls her donor dad.
Coming together: Chloe Allworthy, 23, met her sperm donor father, Ken, 56, for the first time in January 2016
Miss Allworthy first met Ken when she was 23 years old.
The Geelong resident had learned the identity of her sperm donor father through the help of the Victorian Adoption Network for Information and Self Help.
The IVF clinic was able to pass a note on to Ken, and Miss Allworthy waited anxiously for any word back her donor father.
Two months later, Ken replied.
Family reunion: Miss Allworthy went to visit Ken and his family in Adelaide, and was welcomed as part of the family
‘It was a huge shock to learn that you existed Chloe,’ Ken wrote.
‘I contacted the clinic in 1993 and was told there had been no successful pregnancies from my donation.
‘You reminded me so much of my daughter, we would love to meet you.’
Piecing together the puzzle: Miss Allworthy knew her donor father had donated to a clinic in Victoria in the early 1990s
Until now, all Miss Allworthy knew about Ken was he had donated sperm to a Victorian clinic in the early 1990s, he was married, a midwife, and has two children.
By researching further Miss Allworthy discovered Ken’s donation had fathered 13 other children.
In 2015 she met her half brother, Bob, for the first time, and despite being complete strangers, said she felt a connection with him straight away.
Meeting Ken would be no different.
Suprise baby: Ken did not know that any successful pregnancies had resulted from his donation
After speaking to him on the phone, Miss Allworthy arranged to meet her donor father.
She learned he and his wife Sue had four children, Marcus, 27, Leah, 32, and Jason, 22 as well as Gian, 13, who they adopted from Taiwan.
Miss Allworthy and Ken found they shared more in common than just genetics.
Both are now teachers and share a passion for music.
Despite all they had in common, meeting for the first time was nerve-wracking.
Sharing her story: Miss Allworthy shared her story with that’s life magazine after an extensive search to find her donor father
‘My heart felt like it might beat out of my chest,’ Miss Allworthy told that’s life.
‘I couldn’t believe this man was a perfect stranger, but also my family.’
Miss Allworthy travelled to Adelaide for the reunion and when she arrived at Ken’s family home was greeted with a sign that read: ‘Chloe, Welcome to our family’.
Since their first meeting Ken and Miss Allworthy have kept in touch and together have continued the search for the rest of Ken’s offspring.
Ken told that’s life he was proud of Chloe and all she had achieved, and if he had known his donation had resulted in the birth of several children, he would have made himself available for them to contact.