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Calgary widow fights to get husband's name on birth certificate

Abigail Andy Helena Brown was born on June 24, 2022. However, her newborn never got a chance to meet her father, Andrew Brown. Abigail's mother Tanya became pregnant years after Andrew died of terminal cancer.

“Andrew was the most amazing man. I knew he would be a great father," Tanya said.

The couple had many conversations about their family after being diagnosed with cancer.

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As he was ill, I froze his sperm because I knew the chemotherapy would affect his vigor. And when he realized he wouldn't survive, there wasn't much time left," Tanya said.

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"He was very clear. He didn't want his legacy to be cancer."

Tanya and Andrew

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Andrew Brown passed away on May 19, 2019. In the months after his death, Tanya tried to conceive several times. With the help of her fertility clinic and her last two embryos, she got pregnant.

"I wanted Abby to carry on his legacy and fulfill his wishes. One of the last things he asked of me before he died was to have a baby. It was a big responsibility, but it was the best thing I had ever done,” said Tanya. Complicating her grief, after Abigail was born, Tanya learned that Andrew's name could not appear on the birth certificate.

``I couldn't believe it.

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She adds his name to Abigail's papers. I hope to represent myself in family court.

"That's who gave her life. 'My father loved me, but he wanted me, even though he wasn't here when I was born.'

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. Kari Hoellwarth also lost her husband, Allan, to cancer 10 years ago.

"He was the nicest, kindest, best person I ever knew," Kari said.

Kari and Allan on their wedding day.
Cali and Alan on their wedding day. Courtesy Kari Hoellwarth
Allan Hoellwarth
Alan Herwald. Courtesy Kari Hoellwarth

The couple had Ariala before they died. After he died, Karli decided to try having another child with the remaining embryo. "About eight months after he died, I was like, 'I'm 41. Baby, I'm going to have to go back to the fertility clinic,'" Kari said.

Nala — her father name spelled backwards — was born in 2013.

Because her birth certificate says she doesn't have a father, she'll say it's impossible, you can't have a father," Kari said. 131}

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An eight-year-old girl is determined to fight alongside her mother to get her father's name on her birth certificate. increase.

"Her sister's name is in there. I don't understand why it can't have mine," said Nala.

"A complex matter."

Alberta Minister of Services Nate Gurvish said he sympathized with the families involved.

“This is a complex issue involving many areas of law, including family law, estate law, and vital statistics. As such, I have directed my department to investigate this," Glubish said in a statement to Global News.

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The daughters' incident has brought Tanya, Kali, and their families together. Once strangers, they are now defending all future mothers in the same situation.

"I think the law may change over the years," Nala said.

"Or you can change it for them," Kaali said.

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Kali Helworth and her daughter Arara, her baby holding Abigail Brown. Nara Helworth and Tanya Brown are also pictured. Jill Croteau/Global News

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