'I donated sperm as a medical student, and now I have nine children': A doctor’s remarkable story

Over the past year, sexual health physician Dr Darren Russell has discovered he fathered nine now-adult children through donations he made forty years ago

Twenty years ago, Dr Darren Russell tragically lost his son. He was sixteen and Dr Russell’s only child.

Dr Darren Russell.

He and his wife reconciled themselves to having no more children. But last June, in a bittersweet ‘bolt out of the blue’, they learnt he had a donor-conceived adult son.

Since then, he has discovered eight other donor-conceived offspring, most of whom