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Woman wants baby with her new lover using husband’s frozen sperm

By Mason White 3:02 PM March 1, 2015
Tracy Bray and her husband Michael 

By: Mahesh Sarin
A woman dumped her husband after accusing him of cheating.

Now, she wants to use embryos, which were fertilized with her husband’s sperm and frozen before she split from him.

Tracy Bray, 37, of Scotland, who suffers from infertility, said that her only hope of having children is to use the five fertilized eggs, which were frozen before she split from her husband Michael.

Under the legal terms of their separation, Michael, 36, has agreed that she can use the eggs, but only until the end of next year.

Bray said that it is not enough time, and has requested legal advice to challenge the deadline to about 5 years.

Bray separated from Michael last year, after he allegedly had an affair. Both are now in new relationships and have filed for divorce.

Bray and Michael were together for about 10 years before they separated. The couple had one child together. The baby named Matthew, was born prematurely and lived for only 16 hours.

Tracy said that she and her estranged husband promised Matthew before he died that they will get him a sibling. She is therefore determined to fulfill that promise to her deceased son.

Bray said that she feels like Michael is now trying to break the promise he made to Matthew to give him a sibling.

Matthew’s death left the couple’s marriage very strained and the two later separated.

She wants her new man to raise her baby.

Bray’s boyfriend Richard Duncan, 38, has agreed to take care of the child as his own and not seek financial support from Michael, who lives with his new partner in East Wemyss, Fife, not far from his estranged wife.

Richard is also willing to have his name on the birth certificate of the baby.

Bray said that she is no longer entitled to free treatment from the National Health Services (NHS) and she cannot afford the 5,000 pounds ($7,700) for private treatment.

Her only hope is using the existing embryos and have them implanted, which will be covered under NHS.

Bray now wants to extend the period of time to give her a better chance of conceiving, but Michael has denied permission.

Natalie Evans, 35, was in a similar situation when she froze six embryos before she began treatment for ovarian cancer.

When she separated from her husband, he asked for the embryos to be destroyed. She fought to save them, arguing that he had already consented to their creation, storage and use.

However she lost, as the law favors the rights of the one who does not want the embryos to be used.

“The donor of either the egg or sperm can withdraw their consent to the use of the embryo up to the point of treatment, and if one person wants the embryos destroyed, there is very little the second party can do about it,” Sarah Elliston, a lecturer in medical law at Glasgow University, said.