‘They Don’t Want His Story to End’: Efforts to Save the Sperm of the Deceased Come with Heartache and Tough Questions

March 14, 2019

(STAT News) – The Zhus’ plight has reignited a debate around what is known as postmortem sperm retrieval, or posthumous sperm procurement, a procedure that was first attempted in 1980 and is typically considered when a young man dies unexpectedly. The Zhus’ case is particularly complicated because it involves a request from parents instead of a partner or spouse, whose directives hospitals are more inclined to follow.

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