The widow of Wenjian Liu, the New York Police Department detective who was assassinated while on duty in 2014, reportedly gave birth Tuesday to a baby girl.
Sanny Liu was able to give birth to Wenjian’s daughter well after her husband’s death because of in-vitro fertilization, a medical procedure in which a woman’s egg is fertilized by sperm that was stored outside the host’s body. Wenjian’s sperm was extracted, frozen, and stored the night he died, according to ABC7, out of hopes that his genetic legacy could carry on through his kin.
It is not exactly clear how the sperm was retrieved, specifically which of the few available mechanisms were used. Methods include “surgical excision of the epididymis … irrigation or aspiration of the vas deferens … and rectal probe electroejaculation,” which is when an electrified blunt surgical instrument stimulates certain internal nerves, according to a published research paper on post-mortem sperm retrieval.
Liu and his wife were only married for three months prior to the day he and his partner Rafael Ramos were fatally shot. (RELATED: One Police Officer Dead, Another Survives In San Diego Shooting)
“I got pregnant through the (in-vitro fertilization) procedure,” Sanny said. “And I told my friend, ‘It’s going to be a baby girl.’ My friend said, ‘No, you haven’t even checked the sonograms,’ but I was right!”
Liu’s parents were also present for the special moment.
Sanny is looking forward to telling her new daughter Angelina that she is part of the “big blue family” that is the NYPD, CBS reports, and how her father was a hero.
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