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Widow Wins High Court Frozen Embryo Case

September 28, 2016

(BBC) – Embryos, like sperm and eggs, can be stored for a maximum of 10 years before couples must renew their written consent. The couple had already had two unsuccessful cycles of IVF on the NHS, and were about to undergo their third when Mr Jefferies, a former army medic, died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage in 2014 aged 51. Mrs Jefferies was then told the embryos must be destroyed because a two-year storage period had expired. This was despite the couple signing consent forms for 10 years’ storage and posthumous use of embryos.

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