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

13 November 2017

By BioNews

Appeared in BioNews 926

This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/University of Sheffield event 'Life after Death: A Woman's Victory in Having Her Deceased Husband's Children', which was supported by the Wellcome Trust.

The 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.

(If you cannot see the film below, click here to view it.)

0:00:00 Professor Allan Pacey
Trustee, Progress Educational Trust
0:01:17 Sarah Norcross
Director, Progress Educational Trust

Speaker panel
0:07:15 Diane Blood
Fought a legal battle to be able to conceive a child using her deceased husband's sperm
0:13:16 Ian Cooke
Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Sheffield, and key member of Diane Blood's medical team
0:20:40 Michael Fordham QC
Barrister at Blackstone Chambers, and key member of Diane Blood's legal team
0:38:23 Liam Blood
Son of Diane Blood and the late Stephen Blood

0:57:34 Audience contributions

1:21:21 Professor Allan Pacey
Trustee, Progress Educational Trust



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Published by the Progress Educational Trust


Public Conference
8 December 2017

Speakers include

Professor Azim Surani

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

Sally Cheshire

Professor Guido Pennings

Katherine Littler

Professor Allan Pacey

Dr Sue Avery

Professor Richard Anderson

Dr Elizabeth Garner

Dr Andy Greenfield

Dr Anna Smajdor

Dr Henry Malter

Vivienne Parry

Dr Helen O'Neill

Dr César Palacios-González

Philippa Taylor

Fiona Fox

Sarah Norcross

Sandy Starr


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