The fiancée of a man who died after suffering a head injury while skateboarding has launched a bid to have his child using his frozen sperm.
Chris Pinto was 32-years-old when he suffered a severe head injury while skateboarding in a park in Mudjimba, Australia – and died of his injuries in hospital two days later.
Now friends have rallied around Chris’s devastated fiancée, Jess Claassens, to help her raise the funds she needs to afford IVF to try to have a baby using Chris’s frozen sperm.
The Mirror reports that a GoFundMe page has been launched which explains that Chris and Jess had dreamed of starting a family together, and how Jess hopes she can still make that a possibility.
The fundraiser reads: "Jess has decided to use the money towards IVF in the future to be able to have a piece of Chris in her life forever.
"Being parents was their dream and with your help this can still be a reality for Jess."
So far, the fundraiser has raised over $13,000 AUS (£7,212) of a $30,000 AUS (£16,645) target, while the fundraising page adds: “Your ongoing support and donations are greatly appreciated.”
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Jess shared a heartbreaking update via Facebook following Chris’s death.
She wrote: "I'm finding this near impossible to write but I need to share something with everyone who loved Chris.
"After I was given the worst news of my life that my person and love of my life was not going to have the chance to fight and stay with me I chose with the full support of his family to contact an IVF clinic and have some of his sperm extracted and frozen as I would do absolutely anything to have a piece of him still here with me.
"With the help of my incredible family they were able to make this happen with such short notice and in such a small time frame.
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"Chris was so so excited and passionate about being a Dad in the near future, we wanted nothing more than to have a child together and spend the rest of our lives ridiculously in love.
"I was called yesterday and informed that the procedure was very successful and I will have the opportunity to attempt IVF when I am ready.
"I am letting you all know this very personal information as it is the only small amount of hope I have for my future without him."
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