Soldier Told He Was Too Injured To Have Kids Becomes Dad On Christmas Day

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A soldier who lost his sight, his legs and his reproductive organs when he was blown up by a Taliban bomb in Afghanistan has just become a father for the first time thanks to revolutionary treatment.

As reported by the Mail Online, Shaun Stocker was just 19-years-old when he stepped on the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Helmand Province in April 2010 as he was serving with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh regiment.

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Because of his life-threatening injuries, doctors feared he would never be able to conceive a child but, six years on, Shaun’s son Theo was born on Christmas Day.

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After the blast, Shaun was put into an induced coma to help his chances of survival and recovery. Doctors acted quickly and used a revolutionary new technique known as sperm salvage which meant Shaun could one day become a father.

Although Shaun lost his testicles in the explosion, doctors were able to take healthy sperm from a tube called the vas deferens, which is located deep within the body.

His fiancée, Persia Haghighi, then became pregnant after one course of IVF.

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The pioneering technique was developed by Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown and colleagues at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, and as a tribute to the quick-thinking doctors, the Wrexham couple gave Theo the middle name Jackson.

Speaking to the Mail, Persia said:

We couldn’t believe it. To be able to have a baby at all after everything Shaun has been through felt like a miracle in itself, but to be told our baby was due on Christmas Day felt even more poignant. In the run-up to Christmas, I don’t think either of us thought it would actually happen on Christmas Day itself because due dates are rarely precise.

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Shaun added:

That was such a proud moment. I’m so proud of Persia. She was brilliant. Theo is the son I never thought I’d be able to have and it is all because of the brilliance of Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown. For me personally, Theo’s arrival marks the conclusion of my rehabilitation.

What an incredible story. Congratulations to Shaun and Persia!


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