Baby born four years after death of both parents

by Garry Watts April 13, 2018, 1:19
Baby born four years after death of both parents

Couple Shen Jie and Liu Xi were planning to conceive using in vitro fertilization (IVF) but tragically, the Beijing News reports, five days before the frozen embryo was due to be transplanted into Liu, the pair passed away in a auto accident.

Liu was killed right away; Shen died five days later, reports said.

At the time of the accident, the embryos were stored safely in a Nanjing hospital, frozen at minus 196 degrees in a liquid nitrogen tank. For Shen and Liu's extended families, the frozen embryos became their only hope for a new generation. The report says this is an unprecedented affair for this, and the couple's parents had to put up a tough court fight to secure the right to resort to a surrogate mother.

After a judge granted the embryos, they then encountered several other problems. However, the embryos could only be taken from the Nanjing hospital if there was proof that another hospital would store them.

"The risk of suing the hospital was too great", Shen Xinnian, the father of Mr. Shen, told the newspaper.

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Surrogacy is illegal in China, forcing those who can afford it to look for potential options overseas. In January 2017, they sought the help of an underground surrogacy agency and drove to Laos to find a surrogate, as surrogacy is illegal in China.

There, doctors implanted two of the embryos into a 27-year-old Laotian woman who would be the surrogate mother. During her pregnancy, the surrogate mother travelled to Guangzhou, China, on a tourist visa.

A baby has been born in China, four years after both his parents were killed in a vehicle accident.

The grandparents celebrated the baby's first 100 days by holding a small party last month. Liu's mother named the child Tiantian, meaning "sweet". The new grandparents had to carry out DNA tests to prove their relationship to Tiantian and keep custody. The process took four years, but ultimately yielded the grandparents their grandson.

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