This is a beautiful story about love and hope that’s been 23 years in the making. When Alex Powell turned 15 his doctor told him he had cancer and needed to start chemotherapy straight away. It was the early 1990s, and neither doctor nor teenager thought about preserving Alex’s fertility. Luckily his stepmother did. So the embarrassed teenager agreed to make some awkward visits to the sperm bank – and 23 three years later it has proven to be the best decision of his life. Alex has just set a world record by becoming a father to little Xavier – the world’s oldest baby.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Stephen Taylor, Alice Dalley
To learn more about Future Fertility Organisation, please visit their website.
Any young person diagnosed with cancer can find fertility information & support at the CanTeen website.
Dr Antoinette Anazodo recently chaired the Youth Cancer Congress in Sydney. To learn more about the event, click here.
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