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HOSPITAL ORDERED TO PAY MAN FOR SPERM BANK LOSS

A jury decided a cancer survivor's sperm was irreplaceable and ordered a hospital to pay him $1.25 million for losing his deposit in its sperm bank.

Robert Eubanks Jr. was a 25-year-old medical student when he was diagnosed in 1985 with Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes.

His doctor suggested he should deposit his sperm because chemotherapy could leave him sterile.

"I did it for options," said Eubanks, now 37 and a plastic surgeon.

"I figured if I was lucky enough to live, I wanted to be able to have my own children one day."

Eubanks -- sterile after months of chemotherapy -- returned to the lab at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in 1994, having beaten the disease and ready to start a family. But the hospital's sperm bank told him they did not have his sperm.

On Thursday, a Multnomah County Circuit Court jury found the hospital at fault for losing it.

A hospital spokeswoman wouldn't comment.

Attorneys for the hospital argued in court that Eubanks simply went to the lab to have his sperm tested and did not leave deposits.

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