Her son dead after being punched while trying to break up a fight on a street in Austin, Texas, Missy Evans wanted to make sure he would still one day have a child of his own. After getting a judges consent to harvest sperm from 21-year-old Nikolas Colton Evans body this week, she hopes to eventually find a surrogate and one day raise her sons child.
My son wanted to graduate from college. He wanted to have children. And someone took that away from him, said Missy Evans, 42, of Bedford, located between Dallas and Fort Worth.
Its a decision that ethicists say raises troubling questions, but Evans isnt concerned about what others might think. She says she is only doing what her son would have wanted.
She described her son as an old soul interested in filmmaking, politics, music and old movies. She said he once told her he wanted three sons and had already picked out names.
He would love me so much for doing this, Evans said.
Austin police say Nikolas Evans was punched in the early morning hours of March 27 and then fell to the ground, striking his head. He died on April 5. Police are still trying to identify the person who hit him.
Evans said she came up with the idea late last week, after a doctor told her nothing more could be done for him. She discussed the idea with her ex-husband, her older son and other family members, and said all supported her wish to help a part of Nikolas live on through his future offspring.
After donating his organs, Evans had to go to court to get permission to harvest his sperm. On Tuesday, a Travis County probate judge granted her wish ordering the county Medical Examiners Office to keep her sons body chilled at a temperature not to exceed 39.2 degrees and allow access so an expert could take the specimen.
Evans attorney Mark Mueller said no one opposed the plan.
An Austin urologist volunteered her services and collected testicular tissue from the body Wednesday night. Missy Evans said shes been told much of the sperm is viable and is making plans for it to be stored.