Clinic offers free fertility treatments to dying man and wife
A B.C. man with terminal cancer is one step closer to fulfilling his dying wish of becoming a father.
Langley resident Edgar Vasquez and his wife Margarita fundraised for months on Facebook in hopes of affording the pricey in vitro fertilization treatments that could help him pass on his legacy before it’s too late.
They raised thousands of dollars through friends, but were still far short of their goal when their touching story ran on CTV News last month.
That’s when doctors from the Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine decided to step in and help, offering one cycle of in vitro treatments worth $10,000 – free of charge.
“I think God has a purpose for me and that he wants me to have this child because it’s a complete miracle for us,” Vasquez said.
For the last seven years, the clinic has been helping women who are undergoing potentially-sterilizing cancer treatments to become mothers through free egg and embryo freezing.
For Vasquez and his wife, the doctors made an exception.
“I can’t imagine what they’re going through,” said Dr. Jeff Roberts. “We just hope we can help in some way with them achieving their dream, and that it works, and works quickly.”
The couple knows time is not on their side – Vasquez has been told he could live anywhere from a couple years to mere days – but they’re excited at the possibility that their love may live on.
“I don’t really care if it’s a boy or a girl as long as he or she is healthy,” Margarita said.
Vasquez froze his sperm shortly after his diagnosis, but complications from the cancer and related expenses prevented the couple from paying for fertilization treatments on their own.
Thanks to the Pacific Centre’s generous donation, the couple will soon begin blood work and other tests with the aim of trying for their bundle of joy in November.
If all goes well, Vasquez may even have an opportunity to meet his child.
“It’s something that I never thought possible and now it is possible,” he said. “All the doors are opening up for us.”
With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Julie Nolin