Mum wanted to use son’s sperm
A GRIEVING mum who wanted to be artificially inseminated with her dead son's sperm has now met his biological twins.
Rajashree Patil, 49, wanted to "reincarnate" her son using his sperm, but doctors told her she had to settle for a surrogate because she was unfit for IVF.
Ms Patil, of Pune, India, managed to find a 35-year-old relative willing to act as a surrogate.
Ms Patil's son Prathamesh had had a sample of his semen taken by medics before he underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy for a brain tumour. Unfortunately, he didn't survive the cancer.
Ms Patil, a teacher, will now raise the boy and girl as her own. "I was carrying the soul of my son in me and was looking for a body to breathe it into," she said.
"Doctors had preserved my son's semen before they commenced cancer treatment to pre-empt any negative effects of the medicine used on him. Due to this I have been able to get my son back."
Ms Patil was very close with her son, who was studying engineering in Germany when he was he diagnosed with the brain tumour. German doctors collected and stored samples of his sperm before Prathamesh underwent gruelling cancer treatment.
Because the student was unmarried, he nominated his mum and sister to use his semen sample after his death. After his studies he returned to Germany for an operation in 2013 but in February 2016 his cancer returned and he passed away seven months later.
His mother began considering using his sperm back in May. Originally she wanted to conceive the children herself but this option was ruled out because she had begun menopause.
Instead the semen was used to fertilise an egg which was given by an anonymous donor, who was not related to the family, before being implanted into a close relative.
"I am happy that through the development of science and new technology we are being able to help people relive their moments of happiness," Dr Supriya Puranik, head of IVF at Sahyadri Hospital, said.
"At hospitals, we often see a lot of emotions and happiness whenever a woman delivers a baby and we have come to share in their moments of joy.
"But in this case it was a grief-stricken mother whose son was away for studies when he came down with the fatal disease and succumbed to it.
"We appreciate the kind of spirit she has shown throughout the process and congratulate her on having her son back in the form of these healthy twin babies."