You might already be aware of how a sperm and an egg fuse together to form new life. But, have you ever wondered how old a sperm can fuse with an egg and successfully create the first cell that will multiply itself to form the baby?
Well, a limit has now been set on that with the successful birth of the baby conceived by the world's oldest sperm.
Check it out.
In 1992, 15-year-old Alex Powell was diagnosed with cancer. The doctors said that they might be able to cure him. But, the hiccup was that it could leave him sterile.But thanks to Alex's step-mother's idea, today he has his own child!
Alex's stepmother, Patricia, suggested depositing a specimen of his sperm in a sperm bank. Her thought was that if Alex was able to survive cancer, it would be great to have the option of having his own biological child later on in his life. Luckily, Alex beat cancer, and in 2012, 35 years old met the woman who is going to be his wife.
Alex and Vi (his wife) wanted to have a child. But, as fate turned Alex to be infertile. So, they turned to the sperm that had been in storage for all those years. And thus, a miracle took place when Xavier was born.
Xavier's birth is not only a miracle, but also a new scientific lesson and a world record. The earlier record for oldest viable sperm was 21 years old, and now, it's 23 years.