A mother has revealed how her daughter, through a sperm donor, has helped fulfill the dying wish of a stranger to have a child.
Liat Malka, now 41, feared that the time would run out that she would become a mother if she became single at the age of 35 and started thinking about sperm donation when she discovered that her supply of eggs was low.
While she was researching her options online, she discovered a couple who had lost his son Baruch when he was only 25 years old.
Vlad and Julia Pozniansky revealed that their son had dreamed of having a child and had written a biological testament (or BioWill) that they were allowed to use his sperm posthumously.
In a world first, the couple helped Liat get pregnant with Baruch's sperm and in 2015 gave birth to their daughter, Shira, fulfilling the last wish of the stranger she had never met.
Liat Malka with her daughter, Shira, who was born seven years after her father Baruch died. His parents allowed her to use his frozen sperm after he expressed the wish to become a father posthumously
Liat & # 39; s journey to motherhood began in 2013, as a single 35-year-old kindergarten teacher.
After visiting a doctor to check her fertility, she was told that the number of eggs was decreasing and she was advised to try a baby as soon as possible.
Not wanting to be sure she wanted a sperm donor, she went online to explore her options and found an interview with Vlad and Julia Pozniansky on YouTube that was broadcast on TV news in 2009.
The couple revealed that they were trying to get legal permission to have a child use sperm left by their son, who had died in 2008.
Baruch died when he was 25 years old and suffering from cancer. His dying wish was to become a father, and he signed a will that allowed his parents to use his frozen sperm after he died
At the age of 23, Baruch, who had studied ecology at a university in Haifa, discovered that he had cancer.
He was able to freeze his sperm before starting treatment and told his parents that if he died, he wanted them to find a suitable wife and use his sperm to have a child.
He created a biological will in which he set out his wish with a lawyer, Irit Rosenblum, who is the cause of the posthumous cause of reproduction throughout the world.
Liat discovered a YouTube video of an old news item about Vlad and Julia Pozniansky (photo) and their desire to fulfill their sons' dying wish to become a father
Liat was worried about missing motherhood when medical tests at 35 showed that her supply of eggs was declining
Baruch died on November 7, 2008 at the age of 25, making Julia determined to fulfill her son's dying wish.
Intrigued by the YouTube video, Liat contacted the couple's lawyer for more information, but he was astonished when he learned that the couple had passed a few years, but had no grandchild.
She arranged the couple and they released an album full of photos of their beloved son, Baruch.
Julia said she loved Liat from the beginning, and it didn't take long before they agreed to move on together and give IVF a chance with Baruch & # 39; s sperm.
Julia was committed to finding a woman who was willing to father her dead son and said she fell in love with Liat as soon as they met
Baruch (shown in a YouTube video) died on November 7, 2008 at the age of 25, single and childless, but started to become a father after his death
Liat, Vllad and Julia signed contracts to make Liat the owner of the sperm so that no one else could use it later.
Although no money was exchanged, the grandfather grandparents signed arrangements to allow them to visit the baby at least once every three weeks.
Julia and Liat even met a social worker who spoke with them about any disagreements they would expect from the complex situation.
Liat started fertility treatment and discovered shortly after her first IVF round that she was pregnant on the second attempt.
The couple met Liat and showed her pictures of their son, Baruch, while sharing stories about him, and soon decided to give IVF a try
Liat, pictured here with Shira, says her daughter sometimes struggles to understand that her father will not knock on the door and she will see
The legality of a & # 39; BioWill & # 39;
The family was helped by Israeli lawyer Igrit Rosenblum, an expert in reproductive law and the founder of New Family, an organization that provides legal support to non-traditional Israeli families.
The BioWill is a Rosenblum legal innovation that describes a person's desire to use or remove their sperm, ova or embryos – in the event of death, disability or infertility – that can cause people to have children in ways that are unthinkable or illegal.
Baruch was the first person in the world to create a BioWill, making his biological legacy legally binding. In his case, banking his sperm for the purpose of fathering a child.
In 2018, Ireland became the first European country to enact legislation that allowed deceased persons to be legally recognized as parents regarding posthumous conception.
She admitted that it was a struggle to cope with the overwhelming impact of the situation, and felt that it was too busy to build a relationship with Vlad and Julia on top of her pregnancy.
When she was working on December 1, 2015, she did not call the couple to tell the news, but waited until after her baby was born.
Julia and Vlad were overjoyed and felt alive again after suffering such a tragic loss.
Liat now shares stories about Baruch with her daughter, who is three, and has pictures of him in their apartment.
The mother-of-one said her daughter struggled to understand that her father died.
Liat revealed: & # 39; One day she said to me: & # 39; Maybe he will knock at the door soon and come visit us. So I said, "No, he won't come." & # 39;
But Liat is not worried about the impact of not having a father on her daughter.
She said: & # 39; Today you have so many kinds of families. This is just another. Shira knows she doesn't have a father, but she is very loved and very happy. & # 39;
Julia & # 39; s daughter Shira, three, has blue eyes just like her father Baruch, who died seven years before she was born
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