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Russian woman may lose grandson conceived from dead son's frozen sperm

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:627
  1. Michael Leidig
  1. Vienna

    A Russian woman who had a grandson two years after her only son died by using his frozen sperm and a surrogate mother faces losing the child just three months after he was born. Headmistress Ekaterina Zakarova, aged 55, lost her law student son Andrei two years ago but managed to persuade doctors, after his death, to use his frozen sperm to fertilise a donor egg that was then implanted into a surrogate mother. Andrei had had his sperm frozen before having treatment for the cancer that eventually killed him.

    But now Russian officials say that because Andrei died two years ago he cannot be registered …

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