Two college freshman at Tulane University became friends after looking for roommates at the same residence hall. The two girls, Mikayla Stern-Ellis and Emily Nappi, who look alike, got to talking and both realized they had something in common: that their fathers had been anonymous, Colombian sperm donors. However they didn’t think in a million years it would turn out to be the same dude. They would even joke, “Oh, there’s a 25 percent chance we’re sisters,” Emily said.
However Mikayla’s parents, Heidi and Debra Stern-Ellis, thought this coincidence warranted a little more investigating, “When [Mikayla] told us that they had talked a little bit and knew they both had a Colombian donor, Heidi and I said to ourselves, ‘You know, we remember going through the donor list, and there [were] probably about 1,000 donors,’” Debra Stern-Ellis recalled. “We don’t really remember any [other] Colombian donors.”
After trading sperm donor ID numbers via text the two friends realized they were in fact: half sisters. They also had a few things bizarrely in common, “Both were from California, participated in theater, and even unknowingly bought the same jacket on a recent shopping trip.”
Now they use the same Facebook photo captioned with the most apt Chinese proverb, “An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle. But it will never break.”
I normally don’t believe in fate but . . .