Judge allows grandmother to be impregnated with eggs her daughter had frozen before she died


Pregnant woman (illustration) 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A couple of the United Kingdom, was heartbroken when their daughter died of bowel cancer.

The couple decided to honor their daughter’s wishes of having a baby by using the eggs that she froze before getting treatment.

The woman was 29 years old when she died. Her 60-year-old mother, who was identified as Mrs. M., and her husband, decided that it would be a good idea for M. to try to get pregnant by using their daughter’s eggs.

However, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority refused to hand over the eggs to the parents, claiming that there was insufficient written evidence that their daughter had consented for her mother to use the eggs.

The couple tried to reason with them, but after being rejected three times, the couple took the fight to the High Court.

However, to their disappointment, their case was thrown out. Undeterred, they took the matter to the Appeal Court.

A committee of experts concluded it was not likely that the couple’s daughter would have objected to her mother carrying her child.

After hearing all the evidence, the Appeal Court ruled that the parents should get the eggs so that the 60-year-old woman can be impregnated via IVF.

The court issued a ruling, which will allow the couple to export three of their daughter’s eggs to a New York clinic, where the grandmother will undergo the IVF treatment.

If the treatment is successful, the grandmother will give birth to her grandchild, and both grandparents are going to raise the child.