Mom 'Reincarnates' Dead Son By Using His Semen To Have His Twins
A grieving mother who hoped to be artificially inseminated with her own son’s sperm now has twins after finding the perfect surrogate.
As The Daily Mail reports, 49-year-old Rajashree Patil was so heartbroken after her son died that she hoped using his sperm to have a child would “reincarnate” him and bring him back to the family.
Although she initially hoped to carry the baby herself, Patil was quickly told by doctors that she would not be able to carry any more children, even through IVF, as she had already started menopause.
“I am menopausal, so doctors ruled me out for the pregnancy,” she said.
Instead, Patil’s son Prathamesh’s sperm was fertilized with an unnamed donor’s egg and implanted into a close relative’s uterus.
“I was carrying the soul of my son in me and was looking for a body to breathe it into,” the grieving mom said. “Doctors had preserved my son's semen before they commenced cancer treatment to preempt any negative effects of the medicine used on him.”
In the end, Patil’s plan worked and the relative, a 35-year-old married woman, gave birth to twins, Prathamesh and Prisha, the names of Patil’s own son and daughter.
“Due to this I have been able to get my son back,” the proud mom said of her brand-new twins.
While the twins are technically Patil’s grandchildren, she plans on raising them as her own, along with her daughter.
Prathamesh was diagnosed with brain cancer while he was studying engineering in Germany, and although he finished his master’s degree and returned home to seek treatment, he ultimately passed away before having children of his own.
Before undergoing treatment, Prathamesh put his semen in storage and instructed his mother and sister to do what they wanted with it should he pass away, since he was unmarried.
For Patil, having the twins has helped her stay connected with her son.
“Getting the semen into our custody was not easy and we faced a lot of hurdles. Money and time were serious issues but now I will take the responsibility of these infants,” she said. “I am their mother now.”
While Patil and her family are thrilled to have two babies at home, she has faced criticism from her in-laws, who find the whole idea to be unnatural.
“I am happy that through the development of science and new technology we are being able to help people relive their moments of happiness,” Dr. Supriya Puranik, head of IVF department at Sahyadri Hospital, said. “At hospitals, we often see a lot of emotions and happiness whenever a woman delivers a baby and we have come to share in their moments of joy.”
“But in this case it was a grief-stricken mother whose son was away for studies when he came down with the fatal disease and succumbed to it,” the doctor added. “We appreciate the kind of spirit she has shown throughout the process and congratulate her on having her son back in the form of these healthy twin babies.”