Baby born FOUR YEARS after his parents died in a auto crash

Katrina Barker
April 13, 2018

A Chinese baby boy was born four years after his parents died in a vehicle crash.

The biological parents had embryos frozen that they hoped would one day become their children during rounds of in vitro fertilization, the Beijing News reports. But five days before they were supposed to have a fertilized embryo transplanted into Liu, both of them passed away in a auto accident in March 2013, in the province of Jiangsu in China. The eggs were only allowed to be transferred from the Nanjing hospital if another hospital agreed to store them, but with surrogacy being against the law in China, finding an institution to facilitate proved hard. In December 2016, the surrogacy service received the embryos, which it drove to Laos in early 2017.

The little boy's full name is not known although he has been nicknamed "Tiantian", which means "sweet" in Mandarin.

The legal battle was lenthy due to there being no precedent as to whether the four grandparents were entitled to inherit their children's fertilized eggs, Chinese media noted at the time.

A 27-year-old Laotian was chosen as the surrogate, and doctors at a hospital in Laos implanted two of the embryos.

The newspaper explained how the lack of precedent for a case of this kind had forced the couple's parents to go through a legal minefield before the surrogacy could proceed.

"His eyes are like my daughter, but he looks more like her dad overall". For three years, the couple's parents - Tiantian's four grandparents - were involved in a fraught and contentious custody battle to obtain rights to the four frozen embryos.

In lieu of a large, ostentatious banquet, however, Tiantian's grandparents held a smaller affair, according to the Beijing News.

"This child came into the world with sadness". Shen Xinan, Tiantian's paternal grandfather, mentioned that until the child is older, they will tell him that his parents are overseas.

"For sure we will tell him what happened - what choice do we have?"

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