Rajashree Patil and her family were devastated after the death of their 27-year-old son Prathamesh, who lost his battle to cancer in 2016.
No one would’ve imagined then that they’d be able to have him back, or at least a part of him, if it wasn’t for science! Rajashree Patil and his family used the preserved semen of their deceased son to have grandchildren!
Rajashree’s son Prathamesh had gone to Germany in 2010 to pursue his masters degree. There, in 2013, he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. While he was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, doctors advised him to preserve his semen.
His parents then brought him back to India and his treatment began in Mumbai where things began to improve. Sadly, Prathamesh’s cancer recurred and this time he succumbed to a deadly tumour.
The family was completely devastated by the death of their young son. It was during this time that Rajashree was struck with an idea to retain some part of his son. She contacted the sperm bank in Germany where Prathamesh had stored his semen. After getting the semen back to India, she contacted Sahyadri Hospitals for the in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
Eventually, Prathamesh’s preserved semen was used to fertilise the eggs from an anonymous donor outside of family. The embryo was then implanted in Prathamesh’s aunt who chose to be the surrogate.
Rajashree told Indian Express:
A married relative offered to be the surrogate mother and she handed over the twins to me the minute they were born.
Rajashree has named them Prathamesh and Preesha or God’s gift.
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