Cancer Survivor Has Miracle Baby After Freezing Sperm 23 Years Ago

A baby in Australia has been conceived using the world’s oldest sperm, which his father had frozen just before undergoing chemotherapy treatments 23 years ago.

6-month-old Xavier Powell doesn’t know it yet, but he’s already been entered into the Guinness World Records.

The little boy’s dad, Alex Powell, decided to freeze his sperm right after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 15.

As it turns out, it was actually Powell’s stepmother who urged him to freeze his sperm when his doctor said the chemotherapy treatments could leave him infertile forever.

Nearly two decades later, Powell met his wife, Vi, and the pair immediately decided that they wanted to grow their little family.

Although they began fertility treatments in 2013, the couple didn’t discover they were expecting until late last year.

Their perfectly healthy baby boy arrived on June 17, 2015, and his proud parents couldn’t be any happier.

“For me, it’s that sort of feeling in life you want to relive every moment if you can,” Powell told Nine News.

Although there is currently no real limit on how long sperm should be stored for, most experts recommend keeping it for no longer than 7 to 10 years.

Scroll down to learn the fate of that 23-year-old sperm, courtesy of a fascinating story by Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes

But earlier that morning, Patricia happened to meet a woman and her son. Patricia was surprised to learn that the woman’s son also had cancer, and had undergone radio therapy that had stunted his growth. This got Patricia thinking about chemotherapy’s less commonly known side effects, including infertility.

Though it was painfully awkward for both stepmom and stepson to discuss, Patricia suggested to Alex that he freeze his sperm, just in case he wanted to have children in the future. So, in the 1990s, he did exactly that.

By the time he reached adulthood, Alex went into remission, never putting much thought into his frozen sperm.

By 2013, Alex was married to a woman named Vi. The happy couple wanted to start a family, which reminded Alex of that embarrassing day back in the ’90s when he gave a sperm sample.

He was nervous that the sperm, which had been frozen for nearly 23 years, would no longer be viable.

After a year of fertility treatments and nearly one-half of his frozen sperm, Alex and Vi welcomed baby Xavier. He was born on June 17, 2015.

Xavier is now being hailed the world’s oldest baby. He holds the world record for being made with the oldest sperm ever used in successful IVF treatments.

Dr. Soto of the Sidney Children’s Hospital is on a mission to urge oncologists to educate their patients about the effects that chemotherapy has on fertility. She’s also campaigning to get federal government assistance for fertility storage and IVF treatments, both of which can be extremely costly.

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However, the Powell family prove its incredible success.

As an awkward, scared 15-year-old boy, Alex never imagined that his stepmom’s strange suggestion would lead to such an incredible miracle.

CCTV News | h/t

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