Gujarat HC orders collection of critical COVID-19-patient's sample as wife wants child

The HC issued the order issued on Tuesday, considering it as an "extraordinary urgent situation".

Published: 21st July 2021 12:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2021 12:19 PM   |  A+A-


For representational purposes. (File Photo)


AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat High Court has directed a hospital in Vadodara to conduct an IVF/Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedure for the collection of sample of a critical COVID-19 patient having slim chances of survival, after his wife expressed the desire to bear his child.

The HC issued the order issued on Tuesday, considering it as an "extraordinary urgent situation".

After an urgent hearing of a petition filed by the patient's wife, Justice Ashutosh J Shastri directed the Vadodara-based hospital to conduct the IVF (In vitro fertilisation)/ART procedure for the collection of his sample and keep it stored in an appropriate place as per medical advice.

The petitioner wants to conceive his child through the IVF/ART technology, but the hospital was not allowing this unless she got a court order directing it to collect his sample, her lawyer Nilay Patel said.

Hence, she approached the high court on Tuesday with an urgent plea, he said.

The HC said "the ad interim relief is granted in an extraordinary urgent situation before the court and the same shall be subject to the outcome of the petition".

The court also issued notices to the state government and the hospital's director, and sought their response on July 23.

The petitioner approached the court, saying her COVID-19-infected husband was suffering from multi-organ failure and was on life support system, and according to doctors, he has slim chances of survival, Patel said.

The HC directed the petitioner and the assistant government pleader to communicate its order to the hospital for collection of the patient's sample, looking at the criticality of the situation when his health condition is said to be deteriorating.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp