Baby born four years after parents died in vehicle crash

Baby born four years after parents died in vehicle crash

Baby born four years after parents died in vehicle crash

As surrogacy is illegal in China, aided by an underground surrogacy agency, the parents of the couple sourced a surrogate mother in Laos in January 2017 and the baby boy, named Tiantian (which translates as "sweet"), was born in December of a year ago.

Shen Jie and his wife Liu Xi were reportedly undergoing fertility treatment when they died in a auto accident in Yixing, Jiangsu province, China in March 2013. They had to bypass laws which make surrogacy illegal in China, meaning the birth is the first of its kind in the country.

A surrogate mother gave birth to the baby boy using a frozen fertilised embryo from the dead couple. "His eyes are like my daughter's, but he resembles his father a little more", she added.

Citizenship of the child, named Tiantian, was another problem though and so he was born not in Laos but in China - with the surrogate travelling there on a simple tourist visa.

According to reports, at the time of the accident, the embryos were safely stored in a Nanjing hospital, frozen at minus 196 degrees in a liquid nitrogen tank.

The baby boy, nicknamed "Tiantian" ("sweet" in Mandarin), was successfully born in December 2017, over four years since his parents' fatal accident.

Hospitals are not permitted to transfer embryos to individuals, so the families found a surrogacy agency that works with a hospital in Laos.

However, given that his biological parents were not alive to prove his paternity, the four grandparents underwent blood tests and DNA tests to prove that the boy was indeed their grandchild and that both his parents were Chinese.

According to BBC, the four new grandparents said they were thrilled that they are able to continue the families' bloodline.

"This boy is destined to be sad on his arrival into the world". Shen Xinan, Tiantian's parental grandfather said.

'Other babies have their fathers and mothers, but he doesn't.

"We will definitely tell him in the future - how can we not?"

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