Zhu was single and had no children. He was an organ donor and according to his parents he always dreamt of becoming a father and carrying on his family's legacy. A procedure was already scheduled to collect Zhu's organs for donation purposes and the judge permitted the sperm retrieval and directed the hospital to store the sperm until further hearing.
As of now, the family has made no decision as to whether they will pursue surrogacy.
This case presents many ethical considerations and lays important legal precedent. It also makes me consider what we should be addressing in our estate planning documents regarding storage, ownership, and intent of reproductive materials. With advancing technology perhaps reproductive intent is a necessary component to a comprehensive estate plan. It's certainly something to consider.