Radio star fights back tears on air after finding out he has ‘dangerously low’ sperm count
- Nick Allen-Ducat discovered that he is almost infertile
- She took a fertility test for a radio stunt
A radio host who discovered he has a “dangerously low” sperm count fought back tears during an emotional broadcast.
Newcastle Hit 106.9 presenter Nick Allen-Ducat, 31, took a fertility test as part of an on-air stunt and was not expecting the harrowing results.
One of her two co-hosts, Jess Farchione, told the Hit audience that she was having trouble getting pregnant, so her husband took a fertility test.
For a laugh, Nick and the third co-host, Nick Gill, also decided to take a test.
The next day he received the news that his sperm count had crossed the ‘red line’.
“When you do a sample like this, a milliliter sample, 15 million sperm is the norm,” he told his father. a current affair host Chris Allen on Thursday.
‘[The doctor] he essentially called me and said ‘we’ve found 20’. I went ‘20,000? What are we talking about here? and it was two zero .’
Nick Allen-Ducat (pictured with his wife Morgan) found out he’s nearly infertile after a radio stunt
Nick said the news put him into “survival mode” and destroyed the plans he and his wife, Morgan, had to start a family next year.
The news only got worse after the couple discovered that the low sperm count is likely due to a genetic mutation on Nick’s Y chromosome.
The bosses at Newcastle Hit 106.9 told him they could bury the whole fertility gimmick so the touchy subject wouldn’t get on the air.
However, just a few days later, Nick bravely told listeners the truth as a way to inspire other men struggling with infertility.
‘We haven’t even started [trying for a baby] and we’re fighting, really hard,’ she said, fighting back tears.
‘We have our health and all that kind of stuff. I’m not trying to sit there and say “woe is me”, I really am not.
“There’s a lot at stake here, there’s a lot of deep stuff going on.”
Nick explained how genetic causation means that if he had a child, he would probably suffer from the same fertility problems.
‘My dad doesn’t have it, I don’t have siblings. they think this just started with me,’ he said.
“Bringing a child into the world knowing that is a real mind trip for me because it feels almost cruel.
Nick (above) told listeners about his low sperm count and the problems that come with it in a bid to raise awareness.
It’s a lot to take in.
Despite all the odds, Nick has remained positive and he and his wife are seeking IVF treatments for the next year.
“I’ve been stopped by people on the street who say they’ve lined up to get tested after hearing my story,” he said.
‘Now I say, well, at the end of the day it only takes one swimmer to work. So if you have one, you have a chance.