I don't know if this has been posted before, but I saw a story in the news in the last week about a woman who sought, and received, Court approval to remove and store the testes of her husband, who had died suddenly, to preserve her chance of having children at a later point. She will need to seek Court approval to use the sperm in the future - the approval was just for the removal and storage at this point.
What do you think?
Here's the story:
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"Dead man's testes removed after application by fiancee
A Toowoomba woman is one step closer to being able to have a baby fathered by her dead fiancé, after successfully applying to have his testes removed and stored.
Leith Patteson was granted permission for the testes of her late partner Tony Deane to be removed after an emergency application in April, just a day after his death.
The Supreme Court ruled the testes and sperm were to be provided to an IVF organisation and stored pending a future application for their use by Ms Patteson.
The couple first met in August 2015, but shortly after Mr Deane was diagnosed with a rare form of blood disease.
Ms Patteson cared for her partner during his illness and in October they became engaged and were to be married this year.
The couple were anxious to have a child together and had been trying to conceive.
On April 18, Mr Deane was rushed to Toowoomba Base Hospital for an unrelated condition and declared brain dead. Two days later his life support was turned off.
For the testes and sperm to be viable for future use they had to be removed and processed within 24 hours of death.
On April 21 the Supreme Court ruled "there is power to grant such relief" for the procedure, but stressed a separate application must be lodged to allow the use of the sperm for IVF."
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03-06-2016 05:49 #1Member
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Thoughs? Dead man's testes removed after application by fiancee
03-06-2016 08:01 #2
Is this the one where their friends gave affidavits that they did want a child and were ttc, and the family of the man also did not contest her wishes?
If so, I think it's lovely that she still has the opportunity to fulfill his wishes and it sounds like any future babies will grow up with love and support from everyone around them.
03-06-2016 08:13 #3-
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So they only met 9 months ago and now she has dibs on his body?
03-06-2016 08:25 #4
Whatever the case, if she does conceive then imagine telling the child how it came about 😟
03-06-2016 22:31 #5-
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04-06-2016 02:07 #6
My Ob has performed post morten sperm retrival for patients of his who were ttc. There is no law in Australia about using retrieved sperm but I think she's dreaming if she has plans to use it if he didn't have anything in writing to say she could. If I had any frozen embryos I would have to fight tooth and nail to use them in the case of Dh death despite him essentially approving it when he handed his jar of deposit over.
I read in NZ media that his family do not want her using it and are going to take her to court. I've looked for the article but can't find it.
The difference been this and DS is that the donor had made the decision to donate, not unknowingly had a medical procedure performed while brain dead.
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