A man claims to have fathered 42 children with women he doesn’t really know after donating his sperm online. He says that he usually leaves his recipients a syringe after a cup of tea and a chat.
On an episode of Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, a man revealed that he’s fathered 42 children with women he doesn’t know after he decided to advertise his sperm online.
Tom, who lives in the UK, has revealed that he’s fathered over 40 children and doesn’t charge for the sperm that he advertises. He insists that he’s willing to travel all over the country in order to help women who are looking to conceive.
He explained: “In 2011 I read so many news stories about shortages at sperm banks and I thought I’d go ahead and apply.
“I did qualify at one of the more reputable sperm banks in the UK and donated there.
“Then I did learn there are people who would prefer to meet the other person who would be contributing DNA to their child.
“There is a cost issue. Some people, I find, feel a lot better getting to meet the person and even knowing a number of things, like they could help with siblings in the future…
“If they have a teenager one day who desperately might want to meet their biological father, I’ve always told them I’d be happy to do that. Those are options they don’t get through a sperm bank.”
Steph McGovern, the show’s presenter, asked Tom whether or not he charged for his services.
He answered: “I’ve been out of pocket to travel to people to help them.
“It feels like such a meaningful thing I’ve been able to do.”
Explaining the process, Tom said: “Most of the time I’ll go to their home. We might drink tea in their living room and chat for a good while.
“Then I just go into the bathroom and give them a syringe then head out. Sometimes we’ll video chat before we meet or talk on the phone. It’s good to build trust.”
When asked if he has a criteria for the type of women he helps, he responded: “I will help anyone if I think the child will be loved.”
At present, Tom has fathered 42 children and says that he will “help maybe another 20 families”.
To those who are asking the question of what happens if the half-siblings meet when they’re older and don’t know they’re related, he said: “We have a Facebook group that the people I’ve helped are in. I’ve also created anonymous ways for them to be able to check if a person might be a half-sibling, using encryption.”
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