Archive for the 'human tissue' Category

Couple win battle to save frozen embryos from destruction – The Times

“A couple spoke of their joy and renewed desire to have children last night after ministers allowed them to keep frozen embryos that otherwise would have been destroyed.”

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The Times, 10th September 2009


Yearworth and Others v North Bristol NHS Trust – Times Law Reports

Yearworth and Others v North Bristol NHS Trust

Court of Appeal

“A sample of sperm from a person undergoing chemotherapy, which a hospital stored in case he became infertile after the treatment, was that person’s property and its loss or damage was capable of establishing a claim in negligence.”

The Times, 10th February 2009


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Yearworth and others v North Bristol NHS Trust – WLR Daily

Yearworth and others v North Bristol NHS Trust [2009] EWCA Civ 37; [2009] WLR (D) 34

“The sperm sample of a person undergoing chemotherapy treatment, stored by a hospital for his benefit for future use in case the treatment made him infertile, was property owned by him whose loss or damage entitled him to bring an action for negligence. Moreover, where the circumstances showed there was a bailment of the sperm to the hospital unit storing it, a cause of action for bailment could arise for its loss or damage sounding in damages for psychiatric injury and/or mental distress.”

WLR Daily, 5th February 2009


Please note once a case has been reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Cancer sperm men win court battle – BBC News

“Six male cancer patients have been told they can claim damages after a hospital freezer broke down and destroyed their frozen sperm.”

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BBC News, 4th February 2009


Cancer patients seek damages after frozen sperm is destroyed – The Times

“Six cancer sufferers who lost their only chance of fathering children when a hospital freezer broke down and destroyed their sperm samples were at the centre of an unprecedented compensation claim yesterday.”

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The Times, 25th November 2008


Widow faces battle to use dead husband’s sperm – Daily Telegraph

“A widow is facing a landmark legal battle to use her dead husband’s sperm after a court ruled it may have been unlawful to remove it from his body.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th October 2008


Stillborn’s four years in jar spurs mother to NHS Trust legal action – The Times

“A mother said she had been ‘disgusted’ to discover that the body of her stillborn son was kept in a jar for four years rather than cremated.”

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The Times, 29th May 2008


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