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Mother Denied Access to Late Daughter’s Frozen Eggs

Very interesting story from Newsweek – full story Mother Denied Access to Daughter’s Eggs

A British court on Monday denied a mother the right to serve as a surrogate to her daughter’s eggs, which were frozen before the 28-year-old died of cancer. In the first case of its kind, a judge at a high court in London acknowledged that though the daughter had expressed her wish for children, she did not provide the appropriate written consent that would legally allow her parents to take possession of the eggs.

The woman’s 59-year-old mother and the 58-year-old father took the case to court to challenge the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA), an independent regulator, which would not permit the couple to access the eggs after their only child died of bowel cancer. The couple were planning to transport the eggs to a clinic in New York City that said it would provide fertility treatment with donor sperm for about $95,000….The daughter froze her eggs in 2008 before beginning aggressive cancer treatment, the Guardian writes. According to testimonies from family members, she discussed surrogacy with her mother because she’d hoped that she would live to raise the child on her own. When her prognosis worsened, the daughter signed paperwork stating she didn’t want her eggs to be destroyed in the first 10 years after her death..  see link Dead daughter’s Eggs for more.

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