The authorities launch an investigation into the wealthy British couple who created a "designer grandchild" of the sperm of his deceased son
- The fertility regulator is investigating claims about a British couple who created a "designer grandchild".
- The Mail on Sunday revealed that the parents recovered the sperm of the dead son
- Claims made by fertility specialist Dr. David Smotrich, who helped the couple
Jo Mcfarlane for the mail on Sunday
The fertility regulator will investigate claims that a wealthy British couple created a "designer grandchild" using sperm taken from their dead son.
The Mail on Sunday revealed last week that grieving parents are said to have recovered the sperm after their 26-year-old son, his only son, died in a motorcycle accident in 2014.
It was frozen and taken to the USA. UU., Where the couple, described as a "remarkable family", used it to create a male heir.
A fertility regulator is now investigating claims that a British couple created a "designer grandchild" using sperm extracted from their dead child.
Dr. Smotrich says he helped the couple at their pioneer clinic in La Jolla IVF in California (pictured)
But the claims, made by fertility specialist Dr. David Smotrich, who helped the couple at their world-renowned clinic in La Jolla, California, must now be investigated by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority in the United Kingdom.
Officials are concerned that the semen was recovered, stored and used without the consent of the deceased – a violation of UK law – both by the doctor who retrieved the sample and by the clinic that agreed to store it and send it abroad.
In a letter to The Mail on Sunday, Nick Jones, the compliance and information director of HFEA, said there would be a "solid investigation" of the claims and warned the parties involved that they should be prosecuted.
Officials are concerned that the semen was recovered, stored and used without the consent of the deceased, which constitutes a violation of the law of the United Kingdom.
He described the case as one that contains "very serious accusations, which may entail criminal liability."
The notable case is believed to be the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. The boy, now three years old, was born in the United States using donor eggs and a substitute in a £ 100,000 procedure.
Dr. Smotrich said last week that he was not "aware" of how the couple could circumvent the law of the United Kingdom.