NEW ORLEANS (CBS Houston) — Two freshmen at Tulane University got a shock of a lifetime after finding out they were half-sisters when they discovered they shared the same sperm donor.
The Tulane Hullabaloo reports that Emily Nappi, from San Francisco, and Mikayla Stern-Ellis, from San Diego, originally met on Facebook while they were both searching for roommates at Tulane.
“There was an online survey, and we were both interested in Wall [Residential College],” Stern-Ellis told the Hullabaloo. “I was looking at the survey, and I was looking at Emily’s answers and I saw that we had a lot in common.”
The two stayed friends following the search and then learned about one another that they both had a Colombian sperm donor.
Heidi and Debra Stern-Ellis, Mikayla’s parents, became curious as to whether the girls actually shared the same donor.
“When she 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 told the Hullabaloo. “We don’t really remember any other Colombian donors, so when Mikayla came home for winter break, we were sitting on the couch and looking at Emily’s picture and her picture, and I said to her, ‘You should text her and ask her for the donor number.’”
After Nappi sent Stern-Ellis the donor number, the joke they told their friends that there was a 25 percent chance they were related became reality.
“We thought she’d just find an education, but she found a sister,” Debra Stern-Ellis told the Hullabaloo.
The two freshmen are both performing in Tulane’s upcoming production of the “The Vagina Monologues.”