Baby born four years after parents' death in auto crash

Baby born four years after parents' death in auto crash

Baby Tiantian was born in December 2017 in a hospital in Guangzhou, a port city to the northwest of Hong Kong.

Shen Jie and Liu Xi had been married for two years and chose to go for in vitro fertilization, The Guardian reports. Days before doctors were set to transfer one of the embryos into Liu, the couple died in a auto crash in Jiangsu.

They also had to fight a legal battle as China has no precedent for the parents of couples inheriting their children's embryos. And with surrogacy illegal in China, the only realistic option was to look beyond the country's borders. This is reported by Chinese media. 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.

This week for the very first time, the story of the baby boy, who was born in December past year, was reported by The Beijing News.

Shen Xinan, Tiantian's paternal grandfather, told Beijing News that the baby will be told that his parents are overseas, waiting until he is older to tell him what actually happened.

A nurse takes care of newborn babies wearing Chinese traditional costumes to celebrate the Chinese New Year at the nursery room of Paolo Chockchai 4 Hospital, in Bangkok, Thailand January 27, 2017.

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When they were killed the embryos were frozen at -196C in a liquid nitrogen tank in a hospital in Nanjing. To avoid any citizenship issues, the surrogate was later brought back to China on a tourist visa to give birth.

In another, Tiantian - smiling, wearing a cartoon bib that says "HAPPY" - is about to celebrate his first 100 days, a significant milestone for newborns in China.

The four new grandparents said they were thrilled that they are able to continue the families' bloodline.

"The eyes are like my daughter, but still a little more like his father", the baby's maternal grandmother, Hu Xingxian, told the Beijing News.

"This boy is destined to be sad on his arrival into the world", he said. Shen Xinan, Tiantian's paternal grandfather, mentioned that until the child is older, they will tell him that his parents are overseas. "We'll tell him in the future".

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