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Surrogate death husband may sue Norway

Richard Orange · 1 Aug 2013, 09:46

Published: 01 Aug 2013 09:46 GMT+02:00

Naeem Qureshi's wife Mona entered a surrogacy programme to pay for his medical treatment, but suffered fatal complications during the birth. 
 
One of the twins she was carrying died shortly after birth but the other is now in Norway with its parents.  
 
Norwegian lawyer Shahzad Nazir, who is giving Qureshi him free legal aid, said he hoped the state would provide help without his client having to go to court. 
 
"We have sent a request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion (BLD), asking them to provide financial and medical assistance to my client," he said. "He is seriously ill and is constantly at the hospital."
 
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In the letter, Nazir argues that the state is liable because although surrogacy is illegal in Norway, it provides a loophole allowing Norwegian couples to use it abroad.
 
He says that if the Ministry's reply refusing any payments, which he expects to happen within days, his client will start legal proceedings. 

Richard Orange (richard.orange@thelocal.com)

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