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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."

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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".

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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
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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Your views on 'three parent' babies

On the ITV News Facebook page we have been asking what you think about the use of 'gene selection' to prevent children being born with inherited diseases. Is it a positive medical development or is it going too far? Here are some of your views:

I've got a son, conceived naturally, and very much wanted. However, he has a number of serious health problems that are more prevalent in boys. I'm too scared to risk another, because his life is HARD. I'd like to be guaranteed a girl in the hopes of reducing the chances of having another child whose life is a constant struggle and heartache

– Karen Louise Bird

Wrong. Somethings you just dont mess with and human life is one, we are to be what we are, picking and choosing the way a life will or won't be is so so wrong.

– Jo Newbrooks

There are many reasons for which this should be used. Where the child will live a very unhappy and painful life and be unable to enjoy life. It should not be used for making the child beautiful ie blonde hair blue eye etc... Medical issues only

– Andrea Thomas

Choosing babies' genetic make-up is 'unchartered territory'

A public consultation launches today to hear people's thoughts on 'gene selection' to prevent children being born with serious diseases.

The consultation will discuss new techniques, known as mitochondria replacement, which could enable women to avoid passing genetic diseases on to their children by using a donor’s mitochondria to create a healthy embryo.

We find ourselves in unchartered territory, balancing the desire to help families have healthy children with the possible impact on the children themselves and wider society.

– Lisa Jardine, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

The decision about whether mitochondria replacement should be made available to treat patients is not only an issue of great importance to families affected by these terrible diseases, but is also one of enormous public interest

– Lisa Jardine, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Children born following mitochondria replacement would have the DNA of 'three parents'

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