Human Drama

Britain’s first IVF paternity case

Michael Cook | 29 March 2015 | Comments
tags: human drama, IVF, paternity tests
Another dispatch from the Wild West of assisted reproductive technology.

Sperm donation is a roll of the genetic dice

Jared Yee | 18 May 2012 | Comments
tags: genetic diseases, human drama, sperm donation, US
After many failed attempts at conceiving a second child, using many medical treatments, a doctor told Sharine and Brian Kretchmar to find a sperm donor.

Lesbian couple “betrayed” by gay father who wants to see his son

Jared Yee | 11 February 2012 | Comments
tags: human drama, sperm donation, UK
A lesbian couple in the UK say they feel “bitter and betrayed” because their gay sperm donor is demanding weekend and holiday contact with his biological son.

One day, two surrogacy horror stories

Jared Yee | 04 November 2011 | Comments
tags: human drama, surrogacy
Two surrogacy nightmares were reported in London’s Daily Mail on the same day last week, highlighting the fact that many risks are associated with the procedure.

20-year-old surrogate mother abandoned

Jared Yee | 16 September 2011 | Comments
tags: Canada, human drama, surrogacy
When Cathleen Hachey, 20, offered to be a surrogate for a British couple, she could never have foreseen that they would abandon her by text message 27 weeks in to the pregnancy.

Woman had 2 children after secretly taking ex-husband’s frozen sperm

Jared Yee | 04 June 2011 | Comments
tags: human drama, IVF, new frontiers, UK
A father was forced to pay his ex-wife £100,000 so that she can raise two children she conceived via IVF without his consent after secretly taking his frozen sperm.

Woman who attempted suicide while pregnant is charged with murder

Jared Yee | 23 April 2011 | Comments
tags: abortion, foeticide, human drama, law, suicide
After her boyfriend betrayed her, Bei Bei Shuai, a 34-year-old pregnant Chinese immigrant living in Indianapolis, ate rat poison to end her misery. She survived, but her baby died of seizures in January, four days after birth

Couple ordered to pay surrogate £568 per month for baby they’ll never see

Jared Yee | 15 April 2011 | Comments
tags: human drama, surrogacy
Following up on a BioEdge story from February, a UK couple who lost their baby daughter to a surrogate mother have been ordered to pay more than £500 per month maintenance.

IVF mix-up mum to have twins with a surrogate

Michael Cook | 09 April 2011 | Comments
tags: human drama, new frontiers, surrogacy
Another adventure in the Wild West of assisted reproduction. Carolyn and Sean Savage, of Ohio, had two boys conceived naturally and an IVF daughter. But they wanted another child and resorted again to IVF. In 2009 Carolyn learned that the IVF baby she was carrying was not hers.

Paralysed mum granted visitation rights

Michael Cook | 30 March 2011 | Comments
tags: human drama, minimal consciousness
A judge has issued a temporary ruling that allows Abbie Dorn visitation with 4-year-old triplets.

“What on earth have I done?” asks 58-year-old mother of IVF twins

Michael Cook | 26 March 2011 | Comments
tags: human drama, IVF, new frontiers
Another chapter in the reproductive revolution from the UK: 58-year-old Carole Hobson, a single woman, is now the mother of twins. Not exactly her twins. The biological mother is a 24-year-old Indian woman organised by a Mumbai IVF clinic; the biological father a Scandinavian engineer.

Panel to probe death of liver donor

Jared Yee | 10 December 2010 | Comments
tags: human drama, organ donation
Liver donor and recipient both dead

72 not out, and feeling broody

Michael Cook | 21 November 2010 | Comments
tags: human drama, IVF, new frontiers, older mothers
Romanian woman considers a second child

Suicide pact dilemma

Jared Yee | 13 November 2010 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, euthanasia, human drama
Sisters hinder ambulance officers reviving their parents

Locked-in syndrome woman receives Legion of Honour

Michael Cook | 31 October 2010 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, France, human drama, locked-in syndrome
France has just awarded the Légion d'honneur to a woman who has been a locked-in quadriplegic for 30 years. Maryannick Pavageau received the distinction for her battle against euthanasia.

“IVF destroyed my family”

Jared Yee | 27 October 2010 | Comments
tags: human drama, IVF
An alternative IVF story

Two bizarre IVF tales

Jared Yee | 23 October 2010 | Comments
tags: human drama, IVF
Sperm from the dead and IVF from prison

Court awards custody of Australian baby to four gay parents

Michael Cook | 11 September 2010 | Comments
tags: human drama, IVF, new frontiers, same-sex parenting
All fine people, says Judge

Is posthumous conception enough to make you a parent?

Michael Cook | 07 August 2010 | Comments
tags: human drama, IVF, posthumous conception
No, says Social Security Agency in Utah

Surrogate: I will give birth to bin Laden’s grandchild

Jared Yee | 07 July 2010 | Comments
tags: human drama, new frontiers, surrogacy
Another story of tangled relationships

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