London, United Kingdom of Great Britain
RAJ HASHMI AND HIS WIFE SHAHANA ARRIVE AT COURT OF APPEAL IN LONDON.
Raj Hashmi (L) and his wife Shahana arrive at the High Court in London,
April 1, 2003. The Hashmi's were banned last year from using pioneering
IVF technology to screen embryos to find one that will provide a
perfect match for their seriously-ill, four-year-old son Zain, who has
the rare and potentially fatal blood disorder thalassaemia and urgently
needs a bone marrow transplant. Britain's High Court ruled in December
2002 that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) did
not have the power to license the technique under existing legislation.
The Hashmis appeared at the Court of Appeal on Tuesday to try to
overturn the decision. REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmid