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Texas judge allows collection of dead son's sperm

Posted by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 8:11 AM
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 (I think this is pretty cool!)

AUSTIN, Texas – A judge has granted a mother's request to have someone harvest sperm from her dead son's body, so she can have the option of carrying out his wish to have children.

Nikolas Colton Evans, 21, died Sunday at a Brackenridge hospital after being punched and falling outside an Austin bar March 27.

His mother, Marissa Evans, told the Austin American-Statesman newspaper that he wanted to have three sons someday and had even picked out their names: Hunter, Tod and Van.

"I want him to live on. I want to keep a piece of him," she told the newspaper.

Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman ruled Monday in an emergency hearing requested by the mother, because of the urgency of collecting the sperm intact.

Court documents said the sperm had to be collected within 24 hours of Nikolas Evans being removed from life support unless the body was cooled to no more than 39.2 degrees.

Herman ordered the county medical examiner's office to continue storing the body at the proper temperature until the sperm could be collected.

Other organs and tissues were already going to be harvested from Evans' body, the judge noted, and there would be no other remedy for the mother if time expired.

Evans and her attorneys were trying on Tuesday to find a urologist or other medical professional willing to collect the sperm for a possible surrogate pregnancy in the future.

University of Texas law professor John Robertson, who specializes in bioethics, said state law gives parents control over a child's body for organ and tissue donations but its use for sperm "is very unclear."

"There are no strong precedents in favor of a parent being able to request post-mortem sperm retrieval," he said.

No arrests have been made in the assault on Nikolas Evans. Investigators said Evans hit his head on the ground after he was punched during an argument with a group of men.


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bxbsmommy
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Soooooo, is she going to personally go out and find a woman that wants her son's sperm?  Is she going to keep it in her deep freezer? I mean the idea is nice but I'm just confused as to who will get this sperm.  Is she going to do a interview process? Is she going to put an add in the paper?

themacs4
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 10:18 AM

That's interesting!  Like the PP said, is she going to find a woman and ask her to have some kids?  I'm sure she has a plan, it's just kind of odd because you don't hear of these stories too often.

Crazy-Steph
by Ruby Member on Apr. 8, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Right?  I could understand if he was married or something, but...

Quoting bxbsmommy:

Soooooo, is she going to personally go out and find a woman that wants her son's sperm?  Is she going to keep it in her deep freezer? I mean the idea is nice but I'm just confused as to who will get this sperm.  Is she going to do a interview process? Is she going to put an add in the paper?


Juann25
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 10:20 AM

This is kinda weird

bonita247
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 10:22 AM

I agree....kinda strange if you ask me.

Quoting Crazy-Steph:

Right?  I could understand if he was married or something, but...

Quoting bxbsmommy:

Soooooo, is she going to personally go out and find a woman that wants her son's sperm?  Is she going to keep it in her deep freezer? I mean the idea is nice but I'm just confused as to who will get this sperm.  Is she going to do a interview process? Is she going to put an add in the paper?

 


rella8672
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM

I think it is kind of creepy and possibly unhealthy for the mother.It is like she can't let go of her son,so by getting to "create" his children,it is like she is getting him back.I am sure her son wanted to have children,but I am fairly certain that is not how.


mommyof035and6
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM

 I can just see the Craigslist ad now...

Robbin74
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM


Quoting bxbsmommy:

Soooooo, is she going to personally go out and find a woman that wants her son's sperm?  Is she going to keep it in her deep freezer? I mean the idea is nice but I'm just confused as to who will get this sperm.  Is she going to do a interview process? Is she going to put an add in the paper?


   Yeah, my thoughts to, but I'm sure if she has enough money, it will happen. Someone will be willing to do it.

mommyof035and6
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 10:24 AM

OOOHH  maybe she can get a hold of Octomom and get HER to carry the baby/babies  

retsillacam
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 10:25 AM

I agree, this is a tad strange.

Quoting bxbsmommy:

Soooooo, is she going to personally go out and find a woman that wants her son's sperm?  Is she going to keep it in her deep freezer? I mean the idea is nice but I'm just confused as to who will get this sperm.  Is she going to do a interview process? Is she going to put an add in the paper?


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