In a heart-touching story, Rajashree Patil has been blessed with twins from a surrogate mother in Pune after her 27-year-old son, Prathamesh died of brain cancer two years back. Rajashree, instead of mourning of her son’s death used cryopreserved sperms for a surrogate pregnancy. The twins were born on February 12. They were named as Prathmesh and Preesha (God’s gift).
Rajashree, who is 48-years-old, said that she was very attached to her son who excelled in academics and was pursuing engineering in Germany when he was diagnosed with a stage IV cancer in the brain. She added that the doctors had asked her son to preserve his sperm before starting the chemotherapy and radiation. Prathamesh, who was unmarried, had authorized his mother and sister, to use his semen sample after his death.
Rajashree rebuked anyone who referred to her as the grandmother saying that she is their mother. Rajashree is a teacher at a private school in Mukundnagar. The cryopreserved sperm was used to fertilize a surrogate who was not from the family.
After his graduation from Sihbad College of Engineering, the 27-year-old had moved to Germany in 2010 to pursue his Master’s. Back in 2013, he was diagnosed with brain tumor and lost his vision. Prathamesh died of cancer on September 3, 2016. Rajashree said that Prathamesh’s sister had stopped talking while she herself walked around the house with her son’s photo. It is then that it occured to her that she could bring him back with some part of him which is still ‘alive’.
Rajashree had completed all the formalities at the semen bank in Germany and approached Sahyadri Hospitals for an IVF procedure. IVF specialist Dr Supriya Puranik at the hospital said that the IVF procedure was quite common but the case was unique as a grief-stricken mother wanted her son back.