A 60-year-old woman has been allowed to give birth to her grandchild using her dead daughter's frozen eggs.
The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) granted permission following a Court of Appeal decision in her favor a few months ago.
The daughter, who died in 2011 due to bowel cancer, is said to have asked her mother, now 60, to carry her babies. But she had not given her full written consent before she died, aged 28.
‘The 60-year-old mother has been fighting a five-year battle to fulfill her daughter's dying wish to carry a child created from her frozen eggs and raise that child.’
A spokesman for the UK fertility regulator said,"The exceptional and unique circumstances of the case meant they would grant special permission for the daughter's eggs to be exported to New York."
The HFEA concluded that it was unlikely that the daughter would have refused such consent had she been given proper information about the plans before she died by her parents.
The 60-year-old wanted to fulfill her daughter's wishes to carry a child created from her frozen eggs and "raise that child".
Speaking after the decision, the 60-year-old mother said, "It's our hope others who find themselves in a similar situation will not now have to go through the protracted heartache we've had."
"We would urge anyone storing eggs or sperm to record as clearly as possible in writing what they intend to happen if they die," said her solicitor, Natalie Gamble.
The HFEA said, "This has been a difficult case, but as the judge made clear, such issues of consent are the cornerstone of the law and needed to be carefully considered."