Baby born four years after parent’s death in China

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A baby of a Chinese couple who died more than four years ago has been born to a surrogate mother.

The couple had been married for two years had frozen embryos hoping to have a child through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) before they died in a car crash in March 2013.

For the next three years, the parents of the couple fought a legal battle to be allowed use of the embryo.

After several court battles, both sets of parents won custody of the embryo in January of 2017 and with the help of an underground surrogacy agency, they found a surrogate mother.

Surrogacy is illegal in China.

In December last year, the baby ‘boy’ was born in a hospital. His grandparents named him Tiantian, or “sweet’. Last month, the family celebrated Tiantai’s first 100 days by holding a small party.

Liu’s mother, Hu Xinxin, told the local media: “Tiantian’s eye looks like my daughter’s but overall, he looks more like his father.”

However, after the birth, there have still been legal complications. The new grandparents had to carry out DNA tests to prove their relationships to Tiantian and keep custody.

The new grandparents have not yet decided how they will tell Tiantian about his background. Shen Xinan, Tiantian’s parental grandfather said.

He said that they will say the child that their parents stay overseas.

“This boy is destined to be sad on his arrival into the world. Other babies have their fathers and mothers, but he doesn’t. We will definitely tell him in the future. How can we not?” Shen added.

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