Beijing: The son of a Chinese couple who died more than four years ago has been born to a surrogate mother, reported the Beijing News.
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 in the Chinese coastal province of Jiangsu.
The couple, who died in 2013, had frozen several embryos hoping to have a child through IVF. After the accident, their parents fought a protracted legal battle to be allowed to use the embryos. According to the Beijing news report which came this week, the boy was born in December 2017 to a surrogate from Laos.
For three years, the parents of Shen and Liu fought for the rights to four frozen embryos left by their late children in a complicated and unprecedented legal case in China, reported the Beijing News. After several court battles, both sets of parents finally won custody of the embryos, and in January of 2017, with the help of an underground surrogacy agency, they drove to Laos to find a mother. Surrogacy is illegal in China.
The grandparents named the boy Tiantian. The new grandparents had to carry out DNA tests to prove their relationship to Tiantian and keep custody. The family celebrated Tiantian’s first 100 days by holding a small party.