Dead son's sperm to be removed

April 8, 2009 at 7:28 PM
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AUSTIN, Texas, April 8 (UPI) -- A Texas woman has successfully sued to preserve the body of her son for sperm extraction so she might have a grandchild, officials said.

The Austin (Texas) American-Statesman reported Wednesday that a Travis County Judge Guy Herman signed the order to preserve the body of Nikolas Colton Evans, 20, who died days after being severely assaulted.

The man's mother, Marissa Evans, requested the injunction so that a specialist can obtain the specimen.

Marissa Evans, 42, said she plans to use the sperm to have a grandchild through a surrogate mother. She said her son had planned to have three children, who would be named Hunter, Tod and Van.

"I want him to live on," Evans was quoted by the newspaper as saying. "I want to keep a piece of him."

Evans said she sued after hospital officials and representatives from an organ donation agency refused to

extract her son's sperm.

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