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Friday, 8 February, 2002, 16:36 GMT
Diane Blood pregnant again
Diane Blood and son Liam
Diane Blood won a long court battle
Diane Blood, the woman who had a baby using her dead husband's sperm, is pregnant for a second time.

She already has a three-year-old son Liam by her husband Stephen, who died from bacterial meningitis after falling into a coma in February 1995.

Mrs Blood, 35, said she had kept her pregnancy a secret for the first few critical months but now felt she could no longer hide her growing bump.

She said: "I didn't want anyone to know at first.

Sperm samples

"Because of the way the treatment works, there isn't one sudden moment when you find out you are pregnant. There are lots of stages.

"But I'm proud to be pregnant and am very grateful to those who made it possible."


I'm really proud and my family and friends are all delighted

Diane Blood

After her husband died, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority refused to allow her to conceive using his sperm.

But the Court of Appeal eventually overturned a High Court decision which endorsed that decision.

Two sperm samples were taken from her husband and put into the care of the Infertility Research Trust.

Mrs Blood, from Worksop, Nottinghamshire, travelled to the same Belgian hospital where she had IVF treatment that enabled her to become pregnant with Liam.

'Unknown' father

She said she did not mind having to leave Britain to have her treatment, which was one of the conditions from the court case.

Mrs Blood, who fought for years to have the treatment using her late husband's sperm, said she has long dreamed of giving Liam a sibling.

"I'm really proud and my family and friends are all delighted."

Diane and Stephen Blood's wedding photo
Stephen Blood died from meningitis in 1995

She added she did not yet know whether her baby was a boy or girl: "I don't want to know yet."

Diane's father Michael McMahon said: "We have had such great pleasure from Liam, and we are really looking forward to having another grandchild."

Mrs Blood said her only sadness was that the law failed to recognise her husband as Liam's father.

"The new child's birth certificate, like that of Liam, must show the father as `unknown', which of course couldn't be further from the truth," she said.

In August 2000, the government promised to pass retrospective legislation to change the law, but that has not yet happened.

Mrs Blood said she hoped the law could be changed before the birth of her second child.

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"The law still does not allow Diane to name Stephen as the father"

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