A woman is set to fulfil her dream of becoming a grandmother – using her dead son’s sperm.
Marissa Evans was shattered when beloved son Nikolas died after he was punched on a night out with friends.
The 21-year-old suffered a devastating brain injury after he was knocked down and his head hit a pavement.
He spent five days in intensive care, before Marissa, known as Missy, made the agonising decision to switch off his life-support machine.
But before his life slipped away the divorced 44-year-old controversially asked to harvest his sperm.
A judge ruled that doctors could go ahead with Missy’s wishes so she could see through Nikolas’ desire to one day become a dad.
Missy, of Austin, Texas, said: “I told the court that I wanted my grandchild. The judge gave me the sweetest look and nobody objected.”
The mum added: “The weekend before he died we were talking about what a great dad he would be. And we were saying I’d be a good grandma too. Then just a week later all that suddenly changed.”
Now Missy has hand-picked a surrogate mother and an egg donor to have her son’s child.
She found a clinic in Mexico which will let her make several attempts with one of their registered surrogates for £18,000.
Missy has faced criticism over her decision – even from her ex-husband Chris, 42.
She said: “People say it is not natural. That it is not right for a baby to be born not ever knowing its mother or its father. They say that I am trying to recreate him or replace him and that I’m not letting him go properly.”
But she added: “I definitely know that I am doing the right thing. Nikolas told me he wanted three sons called Hunter – after his favourite author Hunter S. Thompson – Tod and Van.
“He had other dreams too. I’m making the only one of these dreams that I can come true.”
Nikolas was killed after attempting to stop a fight between Erik Skeeter, 30, and pal Hugo Lagunas, 23, outside a nightclub in Austin in 2009.
Missy said: “It left me totally numb. I went through denial and shock. I’ve definitely still not recovered. I just couldn’t imagine living without him in my life.”
Skeeter served ten months behind bars and was given ten years probation after pleading guilty to manslaughter.