A Vadodara-based hospital has successfully collected sperm samples from a critically COVID-19 infected man, who is on life support. This comes after the Gujarat High Court granted a plea filed by his wife, reported PTI.

In its order on Tuesday, the High Court noted that "interim relief is granted in an extraordinary urgent situation" and it "shall be subject to the outcome of the petition". The judge also asked the government lawyer to communicate the order to the hospital immediately.

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According to his wife's petition, she wanted to have his child through IVF/ART procedure, but her husband was not in the condition to give consent. As per doctors, his chances of survival were slim.

The court granted an urgent hearing to the woman and directed the hospital to carry out the procedure at the earliest.

Anil Nambiar, the zonal director of the hospital where the patient is admitted, told reporters on Wednesday that the doctors had successfully extracted sperm of the patient on Tuesday night, within hours of receiving the court's order.

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"The patient's family decided to carry out the procedure. But we needed the consent of the individual on whom the process is to be carried out. Since he is critical and cannot give his consent, we could do so only if the court allowed," PTI quoted Dr Nambiar as saying.

He added that the procedure takes half an hour and the further IVF operation will be conducted only after the court orders.

The next date of hearing has been set on July 23. On this day, the court will seek a response from the government and the hospital's director to the woman's plea for IVF/ART procedure permission.