Woman Meets Her 'Egg,' Calls It 'Mind-Bending'

Amy Throckmorton meets college student born from her egg nearly 20 years ago
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2018 12:12 PM CDT

On Monday, Amy Throckmorton posted what she said was a "funny story" on Facebook, and it was definitely a doozy. "In college I was an egg donor," the married California mom of three wrote. "Today, I met that egg." The egg in question: University of California student Elizabeth Gaba, who was born to a surrogate using Throckmorton's donated egg almost 20 years ago. Gaba tells KTVU that even though she enjoys a happy life with her family, she'd always been curious about her biological origins. And so she took to the internet and recruited the manager of her college's a cappella group to help her track the egg donor down, with only an old photo and a few details, including the donor's first name, year of birth, and the fact that she'd been an honors student at Gaba's own school.

Their journey began in the mid-'90s, when Throckmorton was a USC student and decided to donate her eggs. She says she didn't mind the medical process that sometimes makes others "squeamish," and "I liked the idea of helping a couple who couldn't have children of their own start a family." She also gave permission for any offspring who resulted from her eggs to contact her in the future. And that's exactly what Gaba did as soon as she turned 18, got access to her records, and tracked Throckmorton down. They had a "wonderful and surreal" meeting, per Throckmorton, with one more "mind-bending" revelation: Throckmorton sang in the same USC a cappella group Gaba does now. They croon a song together in Throckmorton's Facebook post, with Throckmorton noting: "Genetics, man!" (Swipe right for an egg donor with this app.)

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