The story goes back to 1996. Peter Hickles has just turned 21. At the time, the doctors wrongly diagnosed him with rheumatoid arthritis. The Briton then flew to Australia to live there for a year. Unfortunately, his plans fall through when the doctors tell him his true diagnosis. He suffers from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. Back in England, he decides to freeze his sperm on the advice of doctors, who fear a risk of infertility. After depositing his sample in a bank, the Englishman begins intensive treatment.
Peter undergoes 9 sessions of chemotherapy but ends up with a complete absence of sperm. The doctors then warn him: his sperm sample will only be viable for about ten years and its quality will decline over time. Far from worrying about it, the Briton continues to lead his life. At 47, he meets his partner Aurelija and dreams of starting a family. After getting the green light from the sperm bank, the couple spent 30,000 pounds (about 34,000 euros) to perform in vitro fertilization. Little Kai was born by caesarean section on Thursday, October 20, 2022. A beautiful baby weighing 3.9 kilos.
A happy dad
“I can’t believe he’s here now. I’m such a lucky father,” Peter told The Sun newspaper. And to add: “I can’t stop looking at it and I can’t believe it. It’s really a small miracle (…) It’s incredible to think that it was in a freezer for all this time.” The young dad, a former soccer player, is looking forward to watching the 2022 World Cup with his son. While waiting for this sporting event, he pampers like never before. And according to his statements, the forty-year-old does not close the door to another child. For good reason, he did not use his entire sample.