Wednesday 28 September 2016

Mother loses High Court battle to use dead daughter's frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild

Published 15/06/2015 | 14:14

The woman's daughter was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 23 and had no boyfriend in her last years.
The woman's daughter was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 23 and had no boyfriend in her last years.

A mother has lost a High Court battle in her bid to use her dead daughter's frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild.

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A judge was told the cancer victim daughter, who can only be referred to as "A" for legal reasons, was desperate to have children and asked her mother to "carry my babies".

The unnamed 59-year-old mother and her husband, 58, who were referred to as "Mr and Mrs M", challenged an independent regulator's refusal to allow them to take the eggs of their "much-loved and only child" to a US fertility treatment clinic to be used with donor sperm.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) said the eggs could not be released from storage in London because A did not give her full written consent before she died at the age of 28 in June 2011.

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