A wealthy British couple saved sperm from their son days after he was killed in a motorcycle crash, creating a "designer" grandson to serve as heir and setting off an ethical controversy.
The incident was recounted by the , which noted that the couple had to bypass strict laws in the U.K. to have their grandchild in the United States by using donor eggs and a surrogate. The couple reportedly used "gender selection techniques" to make sure they had a grandson who could be the heir to their fortune.
The doctor who oversaw the case is world-renowned fertility specialist Dr. David Smotrich, the report noted, and he said that the circumstances around the case were very unusual. The son had not given formal consent to having his sperm extracted, and legal experts said the grandparents may have committed a criminal act, the Daily Mail reported.