Written by Keshala Dias
12 Apr, 2018 | 8:56 pm
A baby has been born in China to a surrogate mother four years after his parents died in a car crash, Chinese media reported.
The parents, Shen Jie and Liu Xi, had been married for two years when they decided to try in vitro fertilization. Five days before they were scheduled to transplant one of the fertilized embryos into Liu, the couple died in a car accident in March 2013.
Following the accident, the couple’s parents fought a protracted legal battle to be allowed to use the embryos of their late children.
After several court battles, both sets of parents finally won custody, and in January of 2017, with the help of an underground surrogacy agency, they drove to Laos to find a mother, as surrogacy is illegal in China.
Hence, the baby was born in December last year. With no parents left to prove paternity, all four grandparents had to give blood and take DNA tests to establish that the baby was indeed their grandson and that both parents had been Chinese nationals.
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