Life after Death: A Woman's Victory in Having Her Deceased Husband's Children

Progress Educational Trust
Lecture Theatre 4, Arts Tower, University of Sheffield, 12 Bolsover Street, Sheffield S3 7NA
24 October 2017
This public event was organised by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) in partnership with the University of Sheffield's Events Team, and with the support of the Wellcome Trust. Below, you can watch a film of the event.
You can read a synopsis of the event proceedings, by Professor Eric Blyth, in PET's flagship publication BioNews. Elsewhere, the event received media coverage in The Star and in 7 Hills Headlines.

This event marked 20 years since widow Diane Blood won the legal right to conceive a child using the sperm of her deceased husband Stephen Blood, and reunited some of the people at the centre of this landmark legal case - including Diane herself, and her son Liam.
Two decades on from Diane's legal victory, the speaker panel looked back on personal, legal, medical and ethical aspects of the case. They considered the impact of the case on others who have sought to use a person's sperm, egg or embryo to conceive a child after that person has died. They also asked why such scenarios still lead to legal difficulties and provoke public debate, in the UK and also elsewhere.

Diane Blood
Fought a legal battle to be able to conceive a child using her deceased husband's sperm
Liam Blood
Son of Diane Blood and the late Stephen Blood
Ian Cooke
Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Sheffield, and key member of Diane Blood's medical team
Michael Fordham QC
Barrister at Blackstone Chambers, and key member of Diane Blood's legal team

Allan Pacey
Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust (PET), and Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield

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