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Healthy baby boy born using sperm extracted from dead man

By Mason White 2:49 PM April 13, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
For the first time in Australia, a healthy baby boy was born using sperm that was extracted from a dead man, doctors said.

Against all odds, the baby was born using sperm taken from his father who died two days earlier.

The woman of South Australia, asked the Supreme Court to be allowed to collect the sperm of her husband after he die in a motorcycle accident.

As the court process took two days, no sperm was collected for 48 hours, prompting doctors question whether the sperm was still viable.

Doctors said that they did not think it was possible to use sperm that was collected so long after death, but it turned out not to be the case.

The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had always wanted a family and was faced with an ethical dilemma when her husband died suddenly.

She took her case to the Supreme Court of Adelaide, where her application was approved two days later. Currently in South Australia, sperm can only be used after death if taken before the man dies.

The Adelaide court allowed the woman to take the sperm because she was able to show that she and her husband had planned to start a family.

The woman had to travel along with the body of her dead husband to a different state. The ACT is the only state that allows sperm taken from a man who died without written consent.

New South Wales and Victoria does not prohibit the use of the sperm taken out in another state. Doctors were concerned that the DNA from the sperm collected after death might be damaged.

The doctors were happy to learn that the woman became pregnant on the first try.