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Court reserves judgment in mother’s claim to bear daughter’s child

Judicial review challenge against HFEA refusal

A mother has launched a judicial review challenge to the refusal by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Agency to permit her to have her dead daughter's frozen eggs, so that she can carry her own grandchild.

In M v HFEA the High Court heard that the daughter, who died from bowel cancer at the age of 23, wanted her eggs fertilised by donor sperm and implanted in her mother's womb. A US fertility treatment clinic has indicated that it would be prepared to provide the treatment.

The judge has reserved his judgment, which is expected in the near future.

The case is believed to be the first of its kind.