22 Years Later, Sick Teen Proud Father
Chris Biblis, 39, and his wife Melodie, 33, are now the proud parents of their first child, Stella, who was born in February.
Yet when he was a teenage in the 1980’s, he not only did not know if he would survive to adulthood or become a father. He was diagnosed with leukemia and had three years of chemotherapy. His doctors then recommended radiation therapy. His parents concerned about the possibility of him surviving but being sterile managed to persuade doctors to freeze a sperm sample for him.
What joy for the happy grandparents and parents! Chris not only survived, but after 22 years the frozen sperm was thawed and via in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) last June his wife became pregnant.
The thought of freezing sperm was unusual in the 1980’s, but now young cancer patients should be offered this service when their treatment may result in sterility.
Sperm Banking in Adolescent Cancer Patients; Arch Dis Child. 2006 February; 91(2): 149–152.; Published online 2005 September 20. doi: 10.1136/adc.2005.075242; B Edge, D Holmes, and G Makin
American Cancer Society