Couple gets grandkids via IVF using late son’s preserved semen

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 15 February 2018

"We appreciate the kind of spirit she has shown in this entire process and we congratulate her for having her son back in the form of these twin healthy babies,” said Puranik.

PUNE: Using their dead son’s cryo-preserved semen, a city-based couple now has twin grandchildren - an emotional moment for both them and the doctors. 

After losing her son Prathamesh, Rajashree Patil could not bear the loss, but now she has two grandchildren. 

The cryo-preserved semen of late Prathamesh Patil, who died due to a brain tumour in 2016 at the age of 27, was used to produce two healthy twins through a surrogate mother via IVF procedure. 

Commenting on this case, Dr Supriya Puranik, Head of the Department – IVF, Gynaec and Obstetrics, Sahyadri Hospital, Nagar Road, said the medical field has developed science and new technologies are adding cheerful moments to humans’ lives.

“At hospitals, we see a lot of emotions and happiness whenever a woman delivers a baby and we become part of their joyous moments. But here, in this case, it was about a grief-stricken mother whose son was away for studies when he faced health issues and died. We appreciate the kind of spirit she has shown in this entire process and we congratulate her for having her son back in the form of these twin healthy babies,” said Puranik.

Rajashree said Prathamesh went to Germany for pursuing his master’s degree where he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

“This news was a shock to me and my entire family. Health experts in Germany suggested Prathamesh start chemotherapy and radiation. They asked him to preserve his semen to avoid negative circumstances post-treatment. In the midst of convulsions he lost his sight forever,” said Patil.

She said that on reaching Germany, her first effort was to bring her son back as his condition was critical with stage four cancer. 

“I brought him back to India and took him to a hospital in Mumbai where he was operated upon and his health began to improve. However, in between, he got another convulsion and was detected with a recurring tumour. This time he succumbed to a malignant tumour,” she added.

After her son’s death,  Patil contacted Germany Semen Bank where her son had cryo-preserved his semen. She brought back the semen and approached Sahyadri Hospital, Nagar Road for IVF procedure. She now has healthy twin grandchildren through a surrogate mother via IVF procedure.

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