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Woman Wins Legal Fight to Harvest Dead Fiance's Sperm

Woman Wins Legal Fight to Harvest Dead Fiance's Sperm


By turns poignant and thought-provoking, Gisela Marrero's legal battle to harvest her dead fiance's sperm tested the limits of medical ethics.

In the end, four hours before the deceased's semen would no longer be viable (it remains so for only 36 hours after someone dies), the Bronx State Supreme Court approved her request and sperm bank employees rushed to his body.

What led everyone to this legal tangle began as a tragedy. 31-year-old Johnny Quintana, Marrero's partner with whom she already had a baby, died suddenly of a suspected heart attack. Marrero claims that hours before his death, she and Quintana had talked about having another baby. "This was his wish," she said. "It's the last thing I can do for him." Click here to read more about Marrero and a similar case that preceded hers.

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