Baby Born 4 Years After Parents Die in Car Crash

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The son of a Chinese couple who died more than four years ago has been born to a surrogate mother, according to Chinese media.

Parents Shen Jie and Liu Xi froze several embryos with the intent of having a child through in vitro fertilization (IVF) in 2013.

However, Shen Jie and his wife Liu Xi died in a auto accident on Mar 20, 2013, just before a scheduled procedure to transplant the embryos, according to the report.

As surrogacy remains illegal in China, his grandparents had to seek expert medical help overseas.

They eventually won their fight and found a mother via a surrogacy agency in Laos in January 2017.

They nicknamed him "Tiantian" (or "little sweet"), for the joy he brought after years of bitter legal battles and crushing loss.

At the time of the accident, all of the embryos had been stored safely and frozen at -196C in a liquid nitrogen tank in a hospital in Nanjing.




There was no precedent for this kind of case in the country and even after the legalities were settled, the two couples could not move the embryos from their home at the Nanjing hospital without first proving that another would be able to store them.

In Laos, the embryo was implanted into the womb of the surrogate mother and in December 2017 the boy was born. The surrogate travelled to China on a tourist visa and gave birth on mainland territory.

Dr Ding Lijun, from the hospital that originally held the embryos, told China Daily that although hospital authorities were sympathetic to the families involved, they were cautious about handing embryos to individuals.

Although he has no parents, his four grandparents have reportedly proven relations through DNA.

They've made a decision to tell Tiantian his parents are overseas until he is old enough to understand how he was born. Shen Xinan, Tiantian's parental grandfather said.

"This boy is destined to be sad on his arrival into the world", he said.

"We will definitely tell him in the future - how can we not?"

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