The University of Sheffield in partnership with the Progress Educational Trust (PET)

Life after Death: A woman's victory in having her deceased husband's children

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 6.30-8pm. Lecture Theatre 4, Arts Tower, Western Bank, S10 2TN



Life After Death

20 years ago, widow Diane Blood won the legal right to conceive a child using the sperm of her deceased husband Stephen Blood. This free-to-attend public event in Sheffield, produced by the University of Sheffield in partnership with the Progress Educational Trust (PET) will bring together some of the people at the centre of this landmark legal case - including Diane herself and her son Liam.

Two decades on from Diane's legal victory the speaker panel will look back on personal, legal, medical and ethical aspects of the case. They will also consider the impact of the case on others who have sought to use a person's sperm, egg or embryo to conceive a child after that person has died.

Why do such scenarios still lead to legal difficulties and provoke public debate, in the UK and elsewhere?

Attendance at this event is free, but advance booking is required.


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Diane Blood 

Diane Blood

Fought a legal battle to be able to conceive a child using her deceased husband's sperm.
Author of the book Flesh and Blood.

Liam Blood 

Liam Blood

Son of Diane Blood and the late Stephen Blood.

Ian Cooke

Ian Cooke

Obstetrician and gynaecologist involved in Diane's care.

Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Sheffield.

Michael Fordham QC 

Michael Fordham QC

Key member of Diane Blood's legal team.

Barrister at Blackstone Chambers.



Allan Pacey Allan Pacey

Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust (PET).

Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield, and Head of Andrology at Jessop Fertility.

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