Belfast Telegraph

Dying man's sperm taken after court plea by wife

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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