Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Son Passes Away Before Parents Could Harvest Sperm

Unknown-5I previously blogged about two Roanoke parents who wanted to harvest their son's sperm so they could have grandchildren in the future if his condition did not improve.  

After their 19-year old son, Rufus Arthur McGill, was in a car accident that landed him in critical condition, parents Jerri and Rufus McGill were faced with deciding whether to end life support for their son.  They were also fighting against the law when they wanted to collect and harvest their son's sperm to keep his legacy going.  Since Rufus Arthur is considered an adult, his parents could not legally collect his sperm without his express consent, which he was unable to give in his condition.

Sadly, Mr. And Mrs. McGill's tough decisions and their legal battle were concluded last Thursday when Rufus Arthur McGill passed away. 

See Critically Injured Virginia Teen Dies Before Parents Can Harvest Sperm, Foxnews.com, Nov. 8, 2012.

Special thanks to Laura Galvan (attorney, San Antonio, Texas) for bringing this article to my attention. 


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