HIV Hasn't Kept Boxer Tommy Morrison From Becoming a Father Again
October 1, 2003
Tommy Morrison, whose boxing career crumbled after he tested HIV-positive, and his wife, Dawn, three weeks ago became the parents of a seven-pound, 13-ounce boy. The Morrisons' quest to have a baby led them to the Bedford Research Foundation outside Boston, where Dr. Ann Kiessling explained a technique in which Tommy would undergo a testicular biopsy to have sperm retrieved. Those cells would be then be separated from the seminal fluid, which is more likely to contain HIV. "When we determined the cells had no traces of HIV, we fertilized Dawn's eggs," Kiessling said. She also said there have been no known cases in which a non-HIV-infected mother gave birth to an HIV-infected baby. The infant, Tristin Duke Morrison, is the 23rd baby born through the foundation's efforts. None has tested positive for HIV. Tristin will be tested just once more next month, the final test required by the foundation. Morrison had two sons before becoming HIV-positive.
Kansas City Star
10.01.03; Jeffrey Flanagan
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