The pregnant man is making news and more babies despite filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Thomas Beatie, better known as the world's first pregnant man, is planning to add to his family of three children. While this doesn't sound terribly news-worthy, it is. Thomas, along with his wife Nancy are barely making ends meet as it is. The couple filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy shortly after their third child was born and they've been getting food stamps to help feed their growing family. In addition, the family had their home repossessed in 2010.
Beatie claims this was all due to the press that they had received along the way, which caused their client base for their t-shirt business to dwindle.
"We couldn't open the shop for several months because journalists and photographers kept turning up," said Thomas. "We tried to keep up with regular orders, but we lost a lot of customers because of prejudice, and then the economy took a huge downturn."
The family was forced to move to their vacation home which they, too are struggling to maintain. They claim to have just a mere $150 in the bank and are in debt to the tune to more than $3 million. Still, they want to add one last child to their family.
Beatie is looking to have this last child so that he can resume taking his testosterone, working out and getting himself into Â“good manly shape.Â”
When you have so much debt, most would realize that the time to add to the family is not now, but not the Beaties. Thomas claims that he can only conceive four days out of the year. This is due in part to losing a fallopian tube due to an ectopic pregnancy.
Of course, getting pregnant isn't anything that will come cheap, either as they need donated sperm to help the process along.
"We have two vials of donor sperm still in storage, and the longer we wait, the more it will cost to keep them there,Â” he said.
They spent a whopping $7,500 on 15 vials of sperm and have paid $750 to maintain the two vials they have in the cryobank storage.
Despite the bleak financial situation, Thomas is trying to look at the bright side of things.
"We are staying positive and we're determined to make this a good family home. We're both strong people and we've been through worse things in our lives. People might think this will have affected us and brought us down, but we refuse to let things beat us, and we don't want anyone's sympathy."
They might not see anything wrong with bringing another child into the world with their mountain of debt, but others can see it from a mile away. While he might want his manly body back soon, he needs to put his children's well-being first. He's clearly not doing that.
What do you think? Should they be trying to have another child when they have so much debt?