Parents Thirsty for Son's Sperm Win Court Battle

Late West Point Cadet Peter Zhu’s Sperm is Finally Back Home

It’s a tale as old as time.

  1. Boy jacks off into a cup.

  2. Company freezes his essence. Boy dies in a tragic accident.

  3. Parents sue so they can make a grandchild with a surrogate.

I mean, we all remember that prayer we said quietly to ourselves late at night:

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Cryogenic Company my Sperm to keep,
If I should die before I ‘wake,
I pray my parents my baby-making sperm to take.

West Point Cadet Peter Zhu, 21, of Concord was killed in a skiing accident last February in New York. This week, a New York judge granted his parent's the right to use their dead son's sperm with a surrogate.

The parents’ petition put it simply: “Without obtaining genetic material from Peter's body, it will be impossible to carry on our family's lineage-- and our family name will die."

True facts.

It’s certainly strange. It’s certainly something that should have been covered in a will. And, I bet this judge just had to fight off the urge to make tons of puns about this in court.

Peter Zhu by Pi Tau Sigma

Peter Zhu by West Point

Peter Zhu by West Point