Teen Encouraged By Mom To Freeze His Sperm After Battling Cancer, Has Child 23 Years Later

Most teenagers would never think about having their sperm frozen, let alone having a conversation about it with their stepmom. But Alex Powell is really glad that he did.

According to Little Things, the Australian teen was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma on his 15th birthday.

His stepmom Patricia learned through another mother about the startling side effects of cancer treatment. In particular that chemotherapy could lead to infertility, so she urged Powell to head to the sperm bank.

Though he was extremely uncomfortable with the situation, he made a deposit anyway and forgot all about it. He says "it involved a very clinical situation mixed with a very personal situation and um…very awkward moments."

Powell went into remission and continued on with his life; becoming a chiropractor and two decades later, meeting and marrying his wife Vi.

When they talked about starting a family, that is when Powell remembered he had frozen sperm. They began IVF treatments in 2=13. Powell says he was nervous about using his frozen sperm "There was a bit of nervousness – when they bring those guys out what’s going to happen? Are they all going to turn left?"

After about a year of fertility treatments and half of his frozen sperm, the couple finally got pregnant. Xavier was born on June 17, 2015 and is considered to be the oldest baby in the world. He holds the world record for being made with the oldest sperm ever conceived with IVF treatments.

According to Little Things, Dr. Soto of the Children’s Hospital is campaigning to have oncologist advise patients about the side effects of chemotherapy and to have the federal government offer assistance for fertility storage and IVF treatments.

Source: Little Things
Photos: 60 Minutes/YouTube

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