Surrogate mother gives birth to baby whose parents have been dead for 4 years

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  • A surrogate mother gave birth to a baby boy whose parents have been dead for 4 years
  • The baby’s parents reportedly died in a car accident
  • When the baby turned 100 days old on March 18, his grandparent prepared a low-profile celebration for him

Shen Jie and Liu Xi, a couple from Yixing, East China’s Jiangsu province, have gone to many circumstances to carry on their family line through surrogacy. Unfortunately, they both died in a road accident on March 20, 2013, as disclosed by Asia One.

The tragic incident happened just five days before a scheduled transplantation that would embed embryos created using in vitro fertilization to the woman’s womb to help the infertile couple have children.

Shen and Liu were both the single children of their respective family, so the embryos preserved at Nanjing Gulou Hospital became the only hope of their parents with regards to the carrying on of their family line.

The deceased couple’s parents have encountered some obstacles in claiming the embryos from the hospital as there is no regulation in China on how to dispose of non-transplanted human embryos. To obtain the rights to dispose of the embryos, parents of Shen Jie brought a lawsuit against the parents of Liu Xin because “suing the hospital would be too risky”.

At the first trial of the case, the court had rejected the petition of Shen’s parents to take the embryos from the hospital; saying that an embryo has the potential to develop into a life, so it is not allowed to be transferred or inherited like other objects.

Successfully on the second trial, the couple was granted the rights to dispose the embryos considering the embryos left by Shen and Liu are the only carriers of the two families’ bloodlines, and they carry the memories of their parents and can provide emotional consolation to them.

A Laotian (citizen of Laos) surrogate mother was chosen among over 20 candidates to carry the embryos. The pregnant woman stayed at a house in Laos after the embryos were transplanted into her uterus.

On December 9, 2017, finally, the Laotian woman gave birth to a baby boy in a hospital in Guangzhou, South China’s Guangdong province.

The baby was named Tiantian (literally meaning sweetness) in the hopes of bringing happiness and sweetness to the grieved families. When Tiantian turned 100 days old on March 18, his grandparent prepared a low-profile birthday celebration.

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Asia One, New York Times