Past events

Life after Death: A woman's victory in having her deceased husband's children

Progress Educational Trust

Sheffield, evening of Tuesday 24 October 2017

It will begin with a drinks reception at 6pm, followed by a discussion from 6.30pm-8pm.


20 years ago, widow Diane Blood won the legal right to conceive a child using the gametes of her deceased husband Stephen Blood. This event will reunite some of the people at the centre of this landmark legal case - including Diane herself, Professor Ian Cooke, (an obstetrician and gynaecologist involved in Diane's care), Michael Fordham QC, (a key member of Diane's legal team) and Liam Blood, (son of Diane Blood and the late Stephen Blood). 



Two decades on, these speakers will look back on personal, legal, medical and ethical aspects of the case. They will also consider the impact of the case on others who have sought to use a person's gametes or embryos to conceive a child after that person has died. Why do such scenarios still lead to legal difficulties and provoke public debate, in the UK and elsewhere?




The event will be chaired by Professor Allan Pacey, (Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust and Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield), and is being produced in partnership with the University of Sheffield and with the support of the Wellcome Trust.



Full details can be found here - attendance is FREE, but advance booking is required. To book your place, click here. If you have any queries, email