A grandmother aged 60 has been given the green light to give birth to her grandchild using her dead daughter’s frozen eggs.
The British woman has reportedly been approved by health consultants to transport the eggs to the US, where she is hoping to use donor sperm to fertilise the egg and conceive her grandchild, reports The Sun.
The unnamed woman’s daughter was aged 28 when she died from bowel cancer five years ago.
Before her death she reportedly asked her mother, who is referred to as Mrs M, to have her children but no consent form was ever signed.
The new development comes after a lengthy five-year legal battle which saw the High Court refuse to grant permission.
The decision was overturned in the Appeal court and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, which rules on fertility issues, agreed.
The HFEA said that the situation was unique and concluded that it would be highly unlikely that Mrs M’s daughter would have denied her consent to conceive using her eggs.
This has been a difficult case. Such issues of consent are the cornerstone of the law and needed to be carefully considered, the HFEA said.
Speaking after the decision, Mrs M and her family said they were delighted: It’s our hope others who find themselves in a similar situation will not now have to go through the protracted heartache we’ve had.
While her solicitor Natalie Gamble said: We would urge anyone storing eggs or sperm to record as clearly as possible in writing what they intend to happen if they die.
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