When he was 15 years old, Alex Powell made a deposit of his sperm at a sperm bank. Stranger still is the fact that he did it after an awkward conversation with his stepmother, Patricia. On the surface, it sounds pretty bizarre, but the reason behind it is actually pretty good.
Growing up in Melbourne, Australia, Alex Powell was a normal kid ... until his 15th birthday when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. His doctors advised him to start chemotherapy right away.
Purely by chance, his stepmother Patricia happened to have met a woman and her young son that same morning. The woman's son also had cancer and had undergone chemotherapy, which stunted his growth. This got her thinking about the lesser-known effects of chemotherapy, such as infertility.
In what must have been the most awkward conversation ever, Patricia suggested Alex freeze his sperm in case the chemo affected his fertility and he wanted to have kids in the future. Despite the embarrassing nature of the situation, Alex made a deposit to a sperm bank.
Fast forward to 2013, Alex marries his beautiful wife Vi. They wanted to start a family, which reminded Alex of the sperm that he froze 23 years ago.
After 23 years, there was a chance the sperm was no longer viable. But after a year of fertility treatments and using up nearly half the sperm deposit, the happy couple welcomed baby Xavier to the world on June 17, 2015.
Xavier is somewhat of a medical miracle, being hailed as the "world's oldest baby." He holds the record for the oldest sperm used in successful IVF treatments.
Alex's case is a reminder that oncologists need to educate their patients about the effects of chemotherapy on fertility.
Find out more about the Powells and baby Xavier in the video below.
Via: Little Things