Mom Wants to Use Late Daughter's Eggs to Get Pregnant

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If you're considering freezing your eggs so you can have babies later, here's something else you should consider: what happens to those eggs if you die? Morbid, I know, yet a first-of-its-kind case in England -- of a mom who wants to use her deceased daughter's frozen eggs to become pregnant herself -- proves it's worth pondering. 

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The gist: the mom's daughter had come down with cancer in her twenties, and frozen her eggs hoping she could have children if she recovered. Only she died four years ago, so the mom hopes to fulfill her dying wish and bear her daughter's children by having the eggs fertilized with a sperm donor and implanted in her own womb.

Granted, since this grieving mom is now 59, the odds of the pregnancy taking are slim. But she and her husband face a far bigger hurdle: her daughter had not given written consent on what should be done with her eggs before she passed away. As a result, her parents aren't allowed to use the eggs at all.

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I really feel for this poor mom -- I mean, she's already lost her daughter, can't they give her a break and give those eggs to she has a shot at carrying out her daughter's dying wish? Sure hope so.

In the meantime, though, this story has a lesson for the rest of womankind, too: if you're freezing your eggs with the hopes of getting pregnant down the road, be clear what you want done with them in the worst-case scenario where you're out of the picture. Are you willing to have your sister or other relative serve as a surrogate? Do you want them donated to other couples? Unless you state that clearly in writing, those eggs could end up in some frozen limbo in more ways than one.  

If you froze your eggs, what would you want done with them in the worst-case scenario?

 

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