BOCA RATON, Fla. - Chris and Teresa Juried call their son Michael a miracle.
"He will continue my husband's legacy for sure," Teresa said.
Chris told us at the age of 23, he was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
"The doctors told me that before I started chemotherapy I should go ahead and bank my sperm because I would be sterile at that point. So, I took the advice and did that, " Chris said.
The next step for Chris was to have the sperm frozen and placed in a canister until he was ready to start a family.
Chris got married. The couple tried to have a baby for seven years. Then they turned to a fertility specialist, Dr. Mark Denker.
"When he came to see me, we knew he had frozen sperm to work with but we didn't have very much. This is why we chose to go straight to In Vitro Fertilization," said Dr. Denker.
Dr. Denker says because of Chris' decision years ago, Michael is here today. The couple beat the odds. "The chemo treatments, how they had met each other, the endometriosis, the difficulty of their treatment, their ability to overcome the difficulties and get a baby for them, all these things, it's just a great story."
Chris is in remission now and looks forward to having another child soon. He has advice for men who have been diagnosed with cancer. "If diagnosed, bank your sperm immediately then start your treatments."
Palm Beach Fertility Center