Wife wins fight to have sperm taken from body

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ATLANTA --- A soldier's widow has succeeded in having sperm taken from his body and frozen four days after he was slain in Iraq, though medical experts said it's highly unlikely she would be able to bear his child.

Army Sgt. Dayne Darren Dhanoolal died in Iraq on March 31. His wife, Kynesha, has succeeded in having sperm taken from her husband's body and frozen four days after he was slain.  Special
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Army Sgt. Dayne Darren Dhanoolal died in Iraq on March 31. His wife, Kynesha, has succeeded in having sperm taken from her husband's body and frozen four days after he was slain.

Sgt. Dayne Darren Dhanoolal, 26, died March 31 when an explosive detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad. He had talked often with his wife Kynesha about having children, according to court papers.

On Friday, a federal judge in Columbus, Ga., granted her request for a temporary restraining order preventing the military from embalming the body until samples of Sgt. Dhanoolal's sperm were extracted. The samples were taken later that day and are in the custody of a medical representative for the widow, who is hoping to be inseminated even though fertility experts said the procedure almost certainly would not work with her late husband's sperm.

"It's not viable," Dr. Andrew McCullough, associate professor at the New York University School of Medicine, said Monday.

Sperm maintain nearly normal movement and some function for the first three hours after a man's death. After that, their movement and viability declines, according to the Web site for the department of urology at Cornell University's Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College.

Dr. John Park, a fertility expert and assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine, said there have been reports of viable sperm being retrieved up to 36 hours after a man's death. But he said it is "highly unlikely" any viable sperm could be retrieved four days later.

Recovery of viable sperm appears relatively uncommon after 24 hours post-mortem unless the body has been cooled, the Cornell site says. It was not known what, if any, precautions were taken to keep Sgt. Dhanoolal's body sufficiently cool before his sperm were extracted.

Despite the odds, Mrs. Dhanoolal persuaded the judge to allow the sperm to be collected. Sgt. Dhanoolal did not have a will but had signed a military form designating his mother, Monica Brown, to handle disposition of his remains.

His widow asserted in court papers that Ms. Brown initially did not agree with her wishes.

However, "There's no battle anymore," Mrs. Dhanoolal said Monday after speaking with her mother-in-law over the weekend.

As of Monday, no agreement had been filed with the court, which will determine who gets possession of the sperm.

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namaste
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namaste 04/08/08 - 02:10 am
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Good luck with that, Mrs.

Good luck with that, Mrs. Dhanoolal.

426Hemi
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426Hemi 04/08/08 - 09:51 am
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"Sperm of the Dead" movie

"Sperm of the Dead" movie next?

evansmom
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evansmom 04/08/08 - 10:27 am
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Let this be a lesson to other

Let this be a lesson to other soldiers going to Iraq. If you would agree with your wife doing this, take the time to have yours frozen before you leave. There are places that provide these services. Then the family doesn't have to go through this.

teabag1963
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teabag1963 04/08/08 - 11:40 am
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the fact that he didn't leave

the fact that he didn't leave a will, and left his wife out of his burial plans says that he doesn't trust her.the fact that she would even think about bearing his child while most women would be in mourning should raise some eyebrows, apparently the mother sees a scam here.what happens if the child doesn't come out as she wishes? will she drain the army for every penny she can if it's a normal child? just asking.

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ladie 04/08/08 - 12:00 pm
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i don't get it myself.why

i don't get it myself.why would she want to have a dead man's child,she must do have a scam up her sleeve b/c looks like to me she should go threw the mourning process and think about finding a new love someday to have and share a baby with she's out for money.

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DoubleD 04/08/08 - 12:24 pm
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I don't believe it is ever a

I don't believe it is ever a smart move to rear a child alone. This is just wrong period.

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InChristLove 04/08/08 - 12:36 pm
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Why does everything have to

Why does everything have to be so negative. Maybe this woman loved her husband very much and is desperate to hold on to his memory and having his child is the only way she knows how. Could it be that they had talked about having children and she just wants him to live on in his child. I'm sure she's not thinking about finding a new love someday, she's holding on to the past. The possibility of her actually becoming pregnant is very slim but why does this have to be a scam, could be just love.

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TWright987 04/08/08 - 01:39 pm
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It mentions in the article

It mentions in the article that "He had talked often with his wife Kynesha about having children, according to court papers." Could it be she wanted to fulfill a wish that was very important to her husband? That is what it sounds like to me.

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teabag1963 04/08/08 - 02:13 pm
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something tells me that she's

something tells me that she's pregnant now with someone elses baby, conceived while he was in iraq, and this is a cover up.if he wanted her to save his stuff he would have left instructions.the military gives you plenty of time to get all your business in order before you ship out.he did, he left it all to his mother, not his wife, strange?

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InChristLove 04/08/08 - 03:34 pm
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I'm sure this young man was

I'm sure this young man was not thinking - guess I better make a deposit because I might not make it out alive. There may be a number of reason's why he left the handling of his remains to his mother and not his wife. Why does it always have to be something pointed negatively towards the wife. Charley, if she is pregnant with another man's baby, don't you think that it would be hard to pass it off as her husbands since he's been gone for a while and it has still not been determined who will get possession of the sperm. This will take some time and then you have to go through the process of AI which takes a while. I'm sure she would be showing way before she even could conceive. This possibility seems unlikely to me.

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KSL 04/08/08 - 10:25 pm
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Charley, you may have become

Charley, you may have become just a bit too cynical.

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mable8 04/09/08 - 06:10 pm
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Charley: You certainly have

Charley: You certainly have come across as a rather negative person. Many times an individual has failed to change the paperwork because they don't think anything might happen. As to whether or not the wife is pregnant, that is really NONE of your business--if she is, it just might be her late husband's child. It is people like you that provide the nasty rumors in this tired old world and cause many to live in heartache. Or are you wishing YOU could be the father of this very attractive woman's baby??? Leave the lady alone; she has enough grief before her and does not need your nasty little insults. I wish her well and do hope that if she does intend to fulfill her late spouses wishes to be the bearer of his child, that the infant is a fine, healthy child.

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