Essay about Sperm Retrieval : Life After Death

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Postmortem Sperm Retrieval: Life after Death
Assess the Situation Children are conceived everyday generally by two consenting adults; but what happens when a male suddenly passes away and his desire to have children is no longer plausible? Does his spouse or family have the right to have his sperm collected and stored? Does his wife have the right for posthumous conception? Postmortem sperm retrieval raises quite a few ethical dilemmas. Childbirth after death is possible by retrieving the deceased males sperm from the testes, otherwise known as posthumous sperm procurement (PSP). Epidiymal aspiration and total removal of the testes are two common methods a physician will use when removing the spermatozoa. Once consent has been received, the sperm must be retrieved within 24-36 hours after death to ensure vitality, especially when one is considering using sperm for artificial insemination. After sperm is removed from the vas deferens, sperm is cryopreserved and later stored at a sperm bank (Bahm, Karkazis, & Magnus, 2013). Dr. Cappy Rothman performed the first post mortem sperm retrieval in 1980 involving a 30-year-old unmarried male. He passed away due to head injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. His family sought Dr. Rothman to which he agreed to the procedure of removing the sperm post mortem (Rothman, 1999). “There are numerous ethical considerations associated with PSP, including questions of informed consent, rights of the deceased, motivation…

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