Dying couple to conceive dying child

13th Mar 2008, 12:00 am

A dying couple undergoing fertility treatment are using embryo selection techniques to ensure they conceive a dying child.

The couple, who both suffer a rare form of mungeyitis, will be dead within 18 months, along with their child. But they insist that the child's life will be as rich and fulfilled as any 'able bodied' person. The father, who can't be named for legal reasons, said "It's just discriminatory for people to assume that dying people are not capable of living a long and happy life. My wife and I have every right to have a child, so why should that child not be like us?"

When asked what medical condition the child will have in order to bring about its premature death he replied "What do you mean 'premature'? God, that is so typical of you people. Just because we're different you want to label us and tell us how we live our lives."

"Black people have black children; dying people should be able to have dying children. Where's the difference?"

 

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