Woman preserves sperm from dead husband

Feb. 19, 2004 at 8:57 PM
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BRISBANE, Australia, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- An Australian widow has won a legal bid to remove and preserve sperm from her dead husband in a landmark ruling in the state of Queensland.

Elizabeth Denman, 30, made the urgent application to the Queensland Supreme Court less than 24 hours after her husband of four months, Gary Denman, 47, drowned in a backyard pool last week, the Courier-Mail reported Thursday.

Denman hopes to use the sperm to have the children she and her partner had longed for.

It is believed the sperm was removed soon after the court gave the go-ahead.

In a state first, Justice Roslyn Atkinson ruled the medical procedure could take place, but that the sperm could not be used in a fertility treatment unless a further court order was granted.

There is no applicable legislation in Queensland and similar applications have been refused.

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