Baby born after parents die shows wonders of a grandparent's love
The baby boy's grandparents fought to see the process through until finally, he was born through a surrogate mother four years after his parents perished in a fatal car accident...
It might seem impossible to think that a baby born after parents die could survive. But a baby boy in China has, thanks to surrogacy as well as the unwavering devotion of his grandparents.
Baby born after parents die is the fulfillment of a long-held dream
When Shen Jie and Liu Xi of Jiangsu, China were still alive, they always dreamed of having a child. So they had several embryos frozen with the intent of going through the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF).
But sadly in 2013, the young couple died in a car crash. After their untimely demise, their parents decided not to let their children's dream of being a mom and dad die with them.
They also saw the embryos as a way to preserve their family line. And so began a legal battle to gain rights over the embryos ensued.
"[The embryos] are the only carriers of the two families' bloodlines, and they carry the memories of their parents and can provide emotional consolation to them"
Eventually, they were given custody of the embryos, considering that "the embryos left by Shen and Liu are the only carriers of the two families' bloodlines, and they carry the memories of their parents and can provide emotional consolation to them".
In 2014, they started to work on a way to get the untransplanted embryos after learning that it could only be transferred from hospital to hospital.
What's more, surrogacy is not legal in China. So they had to find other alternatives. Two years later, they found an agency in Laos where commercial surrogacy is legal. Then after a few years and once they sifted through 20 candidates, they chose one surrogate mother.
Then on the 9th of December 2017, the surrogate mom gave birth in China. Since she was of Laotian citizenship, the grandparents had to prove that the baby was their grandson through blood and DNA tests.
After years of waiting and fighting, they finally became grandparents. They named the baby boy Tiantian, which means sweetness, hoping that his arrival would bring joy to both their families after the bitter fate their children suffered.
Republished with permission from: theAsianParent Singapore