The fiancé of a man who died after a bizarre fall in a skate park hopes to have his child thanks to the freezing of sperm.
Jess Claassens was devastated when her partner Chris Pinto, 32, suffered a serious head injury at Mudjimba Skate Park in Australia.
The skateboarder was rushed to hospital after the incident, but sadly died two days later.
A friend launched a GoFundMe page to raise money so Jess can get IVF.
The fundraiser reads: “Jess has decided to use the money for IVF in the future to have a piece of Chris in her life forever.
“Being a parent was their dream and with your help this can still become a reality for Jess.”
So far, $ 13,060 has been raised – almost half of the $ 30,000 goal.
After Chris died, Jess confirmed on her Facebook profile that she wants to have IVF because the couple’s dream was to have children together.
She wrote on her Facebook profile, “I find this almost impossible to write, but I have to share something with everyone who loved Chris.
“After getting the worst news of my life that my person and the love of my life wouldn’t have a chance to fight and stay with me, I chose with the full support of his family to reach out to a IVF clinic and some of his semen was taken out and frozen because I would do absolutely anything to have a piece of him still here with me.
“With the help of my incredible family, they have been able to achieve this in such a short time and in such a short time frame.
“Chris was so excited and passionate about becoming a dad in the near future, we wanted nothing more than to have a child together and spend the rest of our lives madly in love.
“I was called yesterday and informed that the procedure has been very successful and I will have the opportunity to try IVF when I am ready.
“I am letting you all know this very personal information as it is the only small amount of hope I have for my future without him.”
The couple’s friends have shared their support for Jess’s choice.
One of them said, “This is true love. I am sure you will have all the support when you bring your baby into the world.
“I’m sorry tragedy made this happen, but your child will be so loved.”
Another added: ‘Congratulations Jess. I’m taking my hat off to you for making Chris’s dream come true.
That was one of the things he discussed with me! It shows how really you were in love with each other. ‘
Another wrote, “I’ll be there to support you, and so will you. This is such a beautiful ray of light in dark times.”
You can donate to the fundraiser here.