After the death of their 21-year-old son, the parents of West Point cadet Peter Zhu were permitted to retrieve his sperm in hopes that "a small piece of Peter...might live on," the Army Times reports.
Zhu, member of the class of 2019 and president of the Cadet Medical Society, was declared brain dead last week after a skiing accident on February 23rd.
According to the Army Times, his parents Monica and Yongmin Zhu asked a state judge "for permission to retrieve his sperm before his organs were removed." The judge allowed it and the Westchester Medical Center retrieved the sperm and is storing it until a court hearing on March 21st.
The Zhu's said in their filing, according to the Army Times, that when their son passed, "our entire world turned upside down. ... We are desperate to have a small piece of Peter that might live on and continue to spread the joy and happiness that Peter brought to all of our lives."
Brig. Gen. Steve Gilland, commander of cadets at West Point, said per the Army Times that Peter "was one of the top cadets in the Class of 2019, very well-known and a friend to all. ... He embodied the ideals of the Corps of Cadets and its motto of Duty, Honor, Country and all who knew Peter will miss him."
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