Being an IVF child, Georgia Bond was always curious about her origins. When she reached a certain age, she had notified her mother that she was fully intending on gathering information about her biological father.
Not Knowing Who She Is
Georgia had hoped that once the sperm donor’s information was revealed, she would gain a more whole vision of who she is. Having been born and raised in Liverpool, this teen’s mind was set on unveiling as much as she could about her past.
He Pushed Her To Do It
Her best friend, Jack Bowman, pushed Georgia to discover her genetic identity. He understood where she came from, as he too was an IVF baby, but had already received his information and thus knew how it felt to relieve of himself of such a burden. Unfortunately for Georgia, life was not about to get any simpler. By kicking off her search for the truth, Georgia entered a long, frustrating and tiring feud with her mother.
Her Mom Denied Her Basic Rights
Her mother was so against having Georgia learn more about her biological father, that she had forbidden her daughter from looking into the matter, contacting official authorities to gather information or hire a personal investigator. Georgia’s mother even went as far as to sign away her daughter’s rights to learn more about the sperm donor. It was only later on that Georgia learned that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority would provide children aged 18 or over with information about their biological parents.
It Was Time To Break Free
With Jack’s resolute support, Georgia went ahead and requested the information about her biological father. All she had to do was onto the HFEA website, fill out her information in an online form – and wait. Checking her mailbox everyday, Georgia waited for weeks, hoping today would be the day her letter arrived. Being born through in vitro fertilization (IVF), she wanted to find out more about the man who helped her parents to conceive her, as well as details about any donor-conceived siblings.
She Was Just A Number
Unfortunately for Georgina, she would have to wait quite some time in order to receive a conclusive response. Since the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has records of all births that have taken place at licensed U.K. fertility clinics since August 1, 1991, all that data had to be overseen and crossed over for an accurate result. In the past 20 years alone, embryo, egg and sperm donations have led to more than 40,000 babies being born in the U.K.
It Finally Arrived
When the long-awaited envelope finally arrived, Georgia wasted no time and immediately ripped open the envelope – only to discover the last thing she ever expected. The first person she called to share her revelation was, of course, her best friend Jack. Having gone through the same process before, Georgia knew Jack was her go-to guy when it came to unconditional support. Jack’s own search for the man who had a significant hand in giving him life turned out to be quite outrageous as well.
He Was Her Inspiration
In fact, it was Jack’s search for his own father’s identity that had spurred Georgia to do the same. What Jack’s papers unveiled was completely astonishing – not only did Jack learn more about the man who was genetically linked to him for all eternity, but he also found out that this very same man had made several donations, meaning Jack could have siblings. Digging deeper into the matter, it turned out Jack had a sister who was born in 1998.
She Couldn’t Live A Lie
After hearing the news, Georgia knew it was about time she found out the truth about her origin, too. If Jack uncovered the fact that he had a sister born in 1998, maybe she had living and breathing siblings somewhere – maybe they even lived closed by – but she had no way of knowing, not unless she was willing to take that leap of faith. Georgia herself was born in 1998, so absentmindedly, she made a joke about how her and Jack might be related.
She Truly Loved Him
When Jack told Georgia of this life changing disclosure, Georgia made a joke about how they are probably siblings, but this was not an out of the ordinary comment, as it was their usual banter. The thing about these two is that they are and always have been the best of friends. Being so close and having their relationship feel so natural, many of their friends have already referred to them as being brother and sister anyway.
“After having been best friends for the best part of my life, we’ve always joked about having the same sperm donor and being the brother and sister we naturally act like,” Georgia wrote in a Twitter post, “A few weeks ago we both found out we’re both able to access details about our donors and donor conceived siblings… After weeks of sitting by the letterbox with both excitement and dread, today we found out (the truth).”
Telling The Entire World
The results Georgia had received were about to change her life forever. The letter was received on April 27, 2017, but Georgia just could not keep the exciting news to herself. After consulting her best friend, Jack and Georgia both agreed they need to get the word out there about how important it is to learn as much as you can about yourself. Continuing her Twitter post, Georgia elaborated how that letter exposed what she knew deep in her heart her entire life.
“Today we found out we have the same sperm donor, so we genuinely are brother and sister after all. Happiest person ever right now,” Georgia wrote. Jack’s and Georgia’s story may sound like an odd story with a fairytale ending, but plenty of people related to their narrative. In fact, after sharing their recent events and revelations with the rest of the world via Twitter, more than 18,000 re-tweets and 80,000 likes were received. Rare but touching, their story was told just about anywhere.
Curious about how and why they reached the decision to learn more about their past – and share it with the rest of the world, at that – a large sum of people have contacted Georgia with questions about her social media post. Georgia also received a lot of comments about her quest – some were more supportive, some were less so, but all wanted to get a better understanding and seemed to have a preset opinion regarding Jack’s and Georgia’s personal lives.
The Harsh Truth
It was one commenter in particular that made Georgia feel as though she needed to defend her choice to seek information about the sperm donor she owes her life to. That same commenter shared the fact that he too was a donor, but he would not want to be contacted by his future IVF children, as he does not perceive those potential biological children to be his family, or related to him at all for that matter.
The commenter also went on to explain how he would “prefer to keep that part of [his] life a secret,” so being contacted in the future might put that at risk. Georgia agreed, but explained that although not knowing her donor’s identity didn’t bother her, she just wanted to find whether she had any siblings and in particular, if she was related to Jack. But fortunately, not everyone reacted this way to the news and others were more supportive of their decision to reveal the truth.
Liars Until Proven Otherwise
Still, some Twitter users thought their story was a big scam, demanding proof the two were really related and not just seeking attention. Georgia’s and Jack’s friends were also some of those who alleged the two were only after going viral for their made up story. A girl who was heavily touched by this turn of events commented: “I want you to post this on every social network every day forever (because) it makes me so happy every time.”
One can not help but wonder what would have happened if the two had ever transitioned from just being friends to being a romantic couple. Thankfully, this tale is incest-free, as nothing beyond pure friendship ever exceeded this relationship. The ugly side of the internet had to rise to the surface at that point, but Georgia had a blunt answer that removed any shadow of a doubt that her and Jack’s relationship really was purely platonic.
Georgia replied to the numerous retweets and remarks that were made about them being romantically linked. She had said that the two might share the same biological father, but that is the only sort of intimate relationship they are going to have. The easy reasoning behind this fact is, Georgia batted back bluntly, that Jack is actually gay. It is for this reason that nothing ever happened between them, and also because they claim to have never felt “that way” about each other.
They Hated It
What happened next was a bit much for Georgina and Jack. Since the plot of how they were great friends from the start and then moved on to being siblings created such a buzz in the media, the amount of attention they both received from all around started to feel like too much to handle. Various websites contacted the two asking for a comment, talkshow hosts wanted to have them appear on their shows and the paparazzi went wild trying to snap their picture.
Fame And Fortune
They became the world’s most famous siblings practically overnight, which can definitely feel overwhelming to those who are not used to the limelight. What started off as an innocent attempt to tell people around the globe that it is important to seek the truth, ended up causing the two teens so much exposure, they ended up feeling as though their entire lives were out in the open for all to see. They did not like that feeling, that’s for sure.
Leave Us Alone
Jack and Georgia decided to approach this manner in a different way and take things into their own hands. They shut themselves off from the media, stopped responding to messages and comments they had received on social platforms and resulted to keep their private lives exactly that – private. The only statement Jack did make on the matter was that he openly and publicly asked his friends to not share any personal information about himself or Georgia if contacted by the press.
Forgotten By All
Fortunately for the two, the hype around their story died down, with much fewer people researching their whereabouts these days. Although still being the subject discussed by many people both in the media and outside of it to this day, Jack and Georgia were granted the opportunity to try to move on with their lives – and live them in the fullest way. But then, Georgia had to make a very big, life altering decision that would affect her future significantly.
Time To Grow Up
Georgia came to the point when she had to decide which university she was going to attend. With her long-time best friend/shortly-known brother by her side, it was time to decide if she would attend college close to him and home, or make a decision that is solely based on what would serve her future best. This was a tough call to make, as Georgia finally felt like she had gained a brother – she didn’t want to lose him so soon.
The Big Choice
Weighing out her options in the best possible way, Georgia decided to base her choice of a school on pure logic. Therefore, she applied to Coventry University in England – and was ecstatic to find out that she got in! However, she made a pact with Jack – the minute her classes end, she is going to return to Liverpool and spend as much time with him as she can. Georgia recently finished her first year in Coventry, but Jack has other plans for his life.
Working Night Shifts
Jack Bowman still lives in Liverpool, working as a part time bartender at a local hotel he has been working at for a while. Instead of spreading his wings and testing the waters in other towns, Jack thought it would be best to stay close to home and begin his further studies at the City of Liverpool College, which he enjoys greatly. It seems that Jack is happy with his choice, as university is certainly not the path for everyone.
Changed Her Life
When asked about her life plans in the long run, Georgia explained she was extremely passionate about aiding other children who were also born from egg, sperm or embryo donations in finding out the truth about their backgrounds. Having already gained some experience from current volunteer work she carries out in her free time, Georgia was all smiles talking about how this sort of work makes her feel – “it is an incredibly positive experience for me.”
Using the very same Twitter account she used to publish her and Jack’s story, Georgia realized that instead of running away from the fame that landed at her feet, she could use it to her advantage. Having already reached hundreds of thousands of people in her initial post that went viral in no time, Georgia decided to use her social media account to contact other kids who are also IVF children and let them know that they are not alone.
Lending A Helping Hand
Georgia wrote in her Twitter account that she is the “Happiest person ever right now. To all those who are IVF, request your details. Best thing I’ve ever done. Miracles can happen.” By writing this post Georgia motivated numerous kids to want to discover where it is they came from and if they have any relatives around the world, as well. Although Jack and Georgia are technically only half brother and sister, the two owned up to feeling a lot closer once knowing they were related.
It Almost Didn’t Happen
What makes their story even more rare is the fact that before August 1, 1991, licensed sperm and egg donation could be done anonymously. This means that a vast amount of donors are still unidentifiable, making all the IVF children who were submitted as donations anonymously unable to find out about their genetics, existing siblings or backgrounds in general. This fact makes Georgia and Jack’s story all the more incredible, as they were lucky enough to find each other before and find out the truth.
Better Safe Than Sorry
As amazing as their life story is, those who are considering bringing kinds into the world via IVF need to think twice before taking careless steps. Although it may be a lot cheaper to skip the bureaucratic procedures and hefty fine that is going through IVF the traditional, legal way, an investigation carried out by The Sun revealed there’s an alarming trend of women seeking sperm donors on social media to side-step the costs associated with fertility clinics.