In China, A Baby Is Born To Surrogate Four Years After His Parent’s Death

By on April 13, 2018
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Science and technology has made many advancements and with that things which were impossible, can be done easily.

In China, a surrogate mother recently gave birth to a baby boy, but here is the twist – this happened four years after his parents died in a car crash, Chinese media reported. The deceased couple was undergoing fertility treatments before the fatal accident in 2013. Their parents fought a drawn-out legal battle to gain access to the couple’s fertilised embryos, kept in a hospital in the eastern city of Nanjing.

The baby boy – nicknamed “Tiantian,” or “sweet” in Mandarin – was born on December 9 to a Laotian surrogate, the Beijing News reported Tuesday. Surrogacy is illegal in China, forcing those who can afford it to look for potential options abroad, reported AFP.

The grandparents had to clear several hurdles to transport the embryos out of China and prove the paternity and nationality of the baby once it was born. At first, they thought of using air freight, but none of the airlines were willing to take the thermos-sized bottle of liquid nitrogen where the four embryos were stored. Then they decided to transport their precious cargo by road to Laos, where commercial surrogacy is legal.
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Children born through surrogacy outside the country need to have a DNA test proving that one of the biological parents is a Chinese national. Therefore how to bring the baby back to China was another issue. The Laotian mother was brought to China on a tourist visa and the families arranged for her to give birth at a private hospital.

The child was kept in the hospital for 15 days, until all four grandparents gave blood and DNA tests, establishing the baby was indeed their grandson and that both parents were Chinese nationals. Tiantian’s grandfather Shen Xinnan told The Beijing News that he will wait until the boy is “older and wiser” before telling him what happened to his parents .

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