Triplets are Answer to Paralyzed Man’s Fatherhood Wish

Published: June 30, 2010  |  Source:

In 1970, Ken Kunken suffers a crippling spinal cord injury and broken neck in a college football game. Thirty years later, Mr. Kunken, paralyzed from the shoulders down, marries. The couple want to start a family. Enter Bruce Gilbert, MD, a male fertility specialist from the Smith Institute for Urology. Dr. Gilbert performs outpatient surgery to retrieve Mr. Kunken’s sperm and Mrs. Kunken undergoes in-vitro fertilization. On Jan. 24, 2005, the Kunkens welcome their three sons —Joseph Benjamin, James Lawrence and Timothy Francis – into the world.