A baby was born in China by a surrogate mother four years after his parents’ death in a car, the Chinese media reported, and broadcast the BBC. The couple, who was killed in 2013, had frozen many embryos hoping to have a child with IVF. After the accident, the couple’s parents gave a court battle to allow them to use the frozen embryos.
The baby, a baby boy, was born in December by a surrogate mother from Laos and the case came out this week from The Beijing News. 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.
At the time of the carriage the embryos were safely kept in a Nanzing hospital. The court first gave the parents of the dead couple the right to use the embryos, but only if it could be proved that they would be kept in another hospital. However, given the legal uncertainty regarding non-implanted embryos, it was difficult to accept a hospital in China to take care of them.
In addition, surrogate motherhood is illegal in China, and so the couple’s parents were forced to seek her out of the border. Eventually, they were approached by a specialist surrogate finder in Laos, where this practice is legitimate. But a new problem arose because no airline was willing to transport the special containers, like hot, liquid nitrogen, into which the embryos were kept. And so the precious cargo was transported by road.
In Laos, the embryo was implanted in the womb of the surrogate mother, who in December 2017 brought a little boy to the world. And his name, Tiantian. The next problem for the little one was the issue of his citizenship, so the surrogate mother traveled with a tourist visa to China to give birth to him.
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.