A woman who won a High Court case to prevent her dead husband’s sperm from being destroyed, has learned the ruling will be appealed.
Beth Warren, of Newport Pagnell, had been celebrating news of her win with supporters outside the High Court earlier today.
She had successfully challenged a storage time limit imposed by the UK fertility regulator which meant she had little over a year left to conceive using her husband’s sperm.
She and her family were then called back into court to be told the HFEA had been given leave to appeal.
Speaking to the Citizen Beth, 28, said: “I’m absolutely devastated. It was such a massive shock.
“I had not let myself believe I could win. I was incredibly nervous this morning, not knowing which way the decision would go.
“Then to hear that we had won was amazing, but what was even more incredible was Mrs Justice Hogg was so supportive, in particular in allowing us the maximum period for storage of the sperm.
“I was so happy. It’s two years on Sunday since this whole thing began. I thought it was incredible, finally we’d won. The fight was over.
“I knew the HFEA (the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) could appeal in the same way that I could appeal if I lost/won the case.
“But I didn’t really think about it.
“We were so happy at the result so to be called back into the court room a couple of hours later and hear the HFEA had won the right to appeal was a massive shock. I was on such an intense high and it was like dropping to a real low.
“Obviously I knew my case would set a legal precedent for this country and my thinking was that winning was such a positive thing.
“It would mean other women wouldn’t have to go through the same thing.
Mrs Warren’s husband Warren Brewer, 32, died two years ago after battling cancer.
The couple had been together eight years before marrying at Willen Hospice six weeks before he passed away.
His sperm was stored before he underwent radiotherapy treatment in 2005 but the
HFEA said the sample could not be stored beyond April 2015.
The HFEA now has seven days to decide whether to appeal the decision and 10 days after that to file the appeal.