Parents devastated by removal of son's testicles
THE parents of a Toowoomba man who had his testicles removed after his death plan to fight any application by his former partner to use his sperm.
The Queensland Supreme Court granted permission for Leith Patteson to extract the sperm from her former partner Tony Deane in April.
The couple had been engaged and was actively trying to have a baby together before the man suddenly died.
Ms Patteson lodged an urgent application for a procedure to preserve Mr Deane's testicles because they had to be removed within 24 hours for the sperm to be viable.
Friends of the couple presented evidence to the court which stated their desire to have a baby.
But a second application must be made before that sperm can be used.
Mr Deane's mother Gaye Deane said the whole ordeal had been extremely hard to deal with.
"If we had our way we would have liked our boy brought home in one piece," she told ABC News.
"I believe that Tony would not have wanted a child brought into this world if he could not be there to raise it."
She said she wasn't given enough time to consider what was happening to her son.
Ms Deane found out about the removal of her son' sperm as she was driving into the funeral home.
She said finding out from the police was a shock.
"For her to turn around and get his testes removed, that was a big slap in the face."
Ms Deane said the family would fight any application that was presented to use her son's sperm.
Original story on ABC News.