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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Grieving mother who wanted to be inseminated with her dead son's sperm, welcomes twins from son’s sperm through surrogate


A 49-year-old woman who had lost her only child, a son, 18-months ago, became a grandmother with the help of her son’s semen that was preserved in Germany for the past eight years, reports said on Thursday.

According to media reports, the semen of Rajashree Patil's son was fused with the eggs of a donor to form embryos and then transferred into the womb of a surrogate mother.

The Indian woman had wanted to conceive the children herself by being the surrogate mother but doctors said she was medically unfit as she had already begun her menopause.

The surrogate mother later gave birth to a set of twins a boy and a girl, in India’s southwestern city of Pune, thus bringing back happiness to the grandmother.

Patil’s son had gone to Germany in 2010 to pursue higher studies when he was diagnosed with brain tumor.

Before chemotherapy and radiation procedures began, his semen was preserved to avoid any negative effects on his body post-treatment but he later died in September 2016.

After his death, the mother, having a desire to get back her son, contacted the semen bank in Germany where the semen of her son, Prathamesh was cryo-preserved.

After completing the formalities, the semen was brought to India.

The mother then approached a hospital for an IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) procedure with the help of his son’s semen.

Xinhua

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