The daughter of a prolific sperm donor who has 40 siblings scattered around the world is on a mission to meet every single one she’s tracked down, to make sure she knows her exact family tree.
Kianni Arroyo, 21, from Orlando, Florida began her search five years ago and has already met with 14 of the 40 who live on the east coast of America, and as far as Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
She opened up about her mission to meet with every single one of her siblings on ITV’s Lorraine, and has been documenting her project on a dedicated Instagram page called ‘Donor Siblings’.
Kianni explained that her decision was based in part on easing her grandmother’s fear that she would accidentally date her own brother.
The 21-year-old waitress began searching for her siblings five years ago and so far has met 14 of the 40
Kianni Arroyo from Orlando, Florida, has discovered she has 40 siblings across the globe thanks to her sperm donor father
Kianni documents her journey on a dedicated Instagram page called ‘Donor Siblings’, sharing snaps of her siblings all over the world
‘My grandmother’s biggest fear would be that I would end up with one of my brothers,’ she explained.
‘But I am currently engaged and I know my fiance’s father so we’re good to go!’
At 21, Kianni, who was raised by her mother Ruth, is so far the oldest of her donor siblings with the youngest aged just five months.
She has also found there are four sets of twins and a half-sister Joanna, 20, who lives close by in Tampa, Florida.
Kianna appeared on ITV’s Lorraine via live video link from America along with her half-sister Joanna (right) who lives in Tampa, Florida
Kianni regularly keeps in touch with her siblings which also include four sets of twins and brothers
She joked on Lorraine that her grandmother was worried that because there were so many siblings that Kianni might end up dating her own brother
Kianni explained to daytime TV host Lorraine Kelly that there is usually a limit of 12-15 donations from the same man, but her father’s details were wiped when Xytex, the company he donated to, was taken over in a buyout.
He was then allowed to donate again, and according to Metro US, parents who had already used his sperm requested his samples again so their children could be full siblings.
Kianni, who works as a waitress, said recently that her mother has always been open about her biological father.
She told Lorraine that she had met him but that he wishes to remain anonymous.
Kianni on a trip to meet more of her half-siblings who she said as soon as she meets any of them they always click immediately
Kianni and her mother Ruth, left, visit with her half-siblings – one of four sets of twins – in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada
‘He finds it very overwhelming and prefers to remain anonymous, but he has an open mind and heart for at least meeting us. He’s a really great man,’ Kianni said.
‘We told him the last time [how many chlidren there were] and he was taken aback by that. It was a very large number he didn’t realise how many got out there.’
Kianni, who was joined via video link by her half-sister Joanna, believes that there could be even more half-siblings out there as she revealed she had found three more in just the past month.
She added of the siblings she’s already met: ‘It’s an amazing feeling, we instantly get along. I look forward to meeting them and asking them questions.’
Lorraine airs weekdays from 8.30am on ITV