A woman whose fiancé and newborn twins died within months of each other has given birth to a son, using her dead partner’s frozen sperm.
Britain’s Daily Mail reports Michelle Clark and her fiancé Karl Davis had planned to have children before he was diagnosed with leukaemia.
The couple arranged to have Mr Davis’ sperm samples frozen because his treatment could affect his fertility.
In 2010, Ms Clark fell pregnant with twins via IVF, although Mr Davis’ condition worsened and he died three months into her pregnancy, aged 27.
“I had these two lives growing inside me, and instead of buying baby clothes and decorating the nursery, I was burying their father. If it wasn’t for the babies I would have found it difficult to carry on,” Ms Clark told the Daily Mail.
Twins Karl and Ria were born premature at seven months but after just weeks, both died.
Determined to have children, Ms Clark underwent a second IVF treatment and gave birth to a healthy son in June last year.
"It was so devastating for me to lose Karl and the twins, but now I have a little bit of Karl to keep forever," Clark said.
“It was such an emotional moment,” says Michelle.
“I just wished Karl had been there to meet his son. He would have been so proud. Max is so much like Karl, and every day I see more and more of him in Max. When he gets older, I’ll tell him what a special man his father was.
“Now I have Max it feels like Karl is here with us every day.”