Widow wins court fight to keep late husband's sperm

A widow has won a High Court fight to stop her late husband's sperm being destroyed. But Beth Warren later said she was "downhearted" after the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority said it would appeal the judge's decision.

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Widow: Late husband taught me how to be a fighter

Before the fertilisation watchdog announced it was to challenge the High Court ruling, widow Beth Warren had told ITV News she was "elated" at a judge saying she could preserve her late husband's sperm.

She said: "It's absolutely amazing. I knew it could go either way. I am elated.

"Warren's family and friends have told me how proud he would have been of me, and that means a lot.

"Warren was such a fighter, he fought the brain tumor as hard as he possibly could, he stayed positive. We tried and he taught me how to be a fighter."


Fertilisation watchdog set to appeal over sperm ruling

A widow who won a High Court fight to preserve her late husband's sperm was tonight "downhearted" after the UK fertility regulator was given permission to try to overturn the ruling.

Physiotherapist Beth Warren, 28, from Birmingham, had been "elated" after a High Court judge ruled in her favour following a hearing in London.

But her mood changed when Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (Hfea) was given permission to take the case to the Court of Appeal.

"Oh dear," she said. "I thought it was all over."

Judge: Widow 'fell in love with a man and cared for him'

Widow Beth Warren has won a High Court fight to preserve her dead husband's sperm.

Speaking during the verdict, Judge Mrs Justice Hogg said: "I have held that Mrs Warren has the right to decide to become a parent by her deceased husband.

"She fell in love with a man, cared for him and loved him. I wish her and Mr Brewster's parent well, and ultimately whatever her decision may be I wish her and the family much happiness after such a difficult and sad time".


Verdict for widow seeking to preserve husband's sperm

The High Court will decide if a widow fighting to stop the destruction of late husband's sperm can keep it in storage for longer than the limit set by the UK fertility regulator.

Beth Warren said she had "absolutely no idea" what the outcome would be. Credit: PA

Physiotherapist Beth Warren, 28, from Birmingham, lost her husband to Warren to cancer two years ago, and placed his sperm in storage.

Mrs Warren, who uses her late husband's first name as her surname, has asked a High Court judge to rule that the sperm could stay in storage for a longer period.

"I have absolutely no idea what the ruling will be," said Mrs Warren. "I think the judge understood that my husband had signed every form he had to. It's all about whether she can find a lawful way to allow it."

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