Mother Harvests 21-Year-Old Son's Sperm Before Switching Off Life-Support Machine: 'I'm Making His Dreams Come True'

Thu, July 7, 2011 9:22am EST by 3 Comments

Marissa Evans will implant a surrogate with her deceased son’s sperm and a hand-picked donor’s egg this summer in Mexico and plans to raise the child herself.

After losing her 21-year-old son Nikolas to a tragic accident, single and divorced mother Marissa “Missy” Evans, 44, decided she would do anything to make his dreams of having his own child come true.

“Nikolas told me he wanted three sons called Hunter – after his favorite author Hunter S. Thompson – Tod and Van,” Missy explains. “He had other dreams too. He wanted to graduate from college and he wanted to get married. He had his life planned out. I’m making the only one of these dreams that I can come true.”

Nikolas was at a nightclub in Austin, Texas on March 29, 2009 when he tried to break up a fight between local resident Erik Skeeter, 30, and pal Hugo Lagunas, 23, who he attended the University of Texas, Austin with. When he went to intervene, he was punched and fell, hitting the pavement, which left him with a life-threatening brain injury.

After two brain surgeries at Brackenridge University Medical Center, Nik fell into a coma on April 5, a week after his accident. After being placed on life support, Missy appealed at the Guy Herman Probate Court in Travis County for the right to harvest Nik’s sperm.

“I told the court that I wanted my grandchild,” said Missy. “The judge gave me the sweetest look and nobody objected.”

Still, Missy knows they’re are people out there, like her ex and Nik’s father Chris Evans, 42, who don’t agree with her decision, saying it’s not natural.”They say that I am trying to recreate him or replace him and that I’m not letting him ‘go’ properly,” she explains.

“But I take everyone’s opinions for what they are. I only know a few other people who have walked in my shoes and lost a child…This baby will have so much love and everything it needs. I definitely know I’m doing the right thing.”

Missy has chosen an egg donor, based on who she thought her son “would think was attractive.” And due to the fact that it would cost close to $200,000 to complete the multiple tries at conceiving here in the U.S., Missy is using a surrogate from Mexico, where the procedure only costs around $30,000.

What do you think of this, HollyMoms? Is it right or completely wrong?

–Leigh Blickley

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Posted at 1:05 AM on June 19, 2014  


And her search for “the mother” for his baby – someone he would think is “attractive”… is this really happening now? Scientifically creating humans… it’s WRONG and creepy.

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jayla foster

Posted at 1:55 PM on April 17, 2012  

i dont know what to think about this, in some ways its really sweet and cute but in other ways it is unheard of and is honestly kind of taboo..but whatever helps people deal with situations like this sad one, rip nikolas<3

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Posted at 9:54 AM on July 7, 2011  

Although I don’t know that I would do the same in her situation, by the grace of God I’ve never been there and won’t judge. Those numbers on US surrogacy costs are VERY high, though; you’d have to try three or four times without success for it to cost that much. With healthy sperm, donor and surrogate, there’s no reason to assume it will take that many tries.

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