Dy­ing man’s sperm taken af­ter court plea by wife

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY BRIAN FARMER

A SPE­CIAL­IST has ex­tracted sperm from a dy­ing man whose wife had been un­der­go­ing fer­til­ity treat­ment fol­low­ing a rul­ing by a judge in a spe­cial­ist court.

Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the woman, who can­not be iden­ti­fied, had made an ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion af­ter the man suf­fered a sud­den and trau­matic brain in­jury.

Mrs Jus­tice Gwyn­neth Knowles gave the woman per­mis­sion to have her hus­band’s sperm “re­trieved and stored” af­ter a hear­ing in the Court of Pro­tec­tion.

She was told that the man, who has since died, had suf­fered brain dam­age and was un­able to make de­ci­sions for him­self.

The judge heard that the cou­ple had been in­volved in a fer­til­ity treat­ment pro­gramme and had been hop­ing for a child when the man suf­fered the in­jury.

She said she was sat­is­fied that the man would have wanted his sperm to be re­trieved so that it could be used to al­low his wife to con­ceive if he had been able to make the de­ci­sion him­self.

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