Chinese Grandparents have won a long legal battle for custody of frozen embryos left by the parents who died in car crash 4 years back.

According to Chinese Media the baby has been born to a surrogate mother

Deceased couple Shen Jie and Liu Xi had been married for two years when they decided to try IVF. Five days before they were scheduled to transplant one of the fertilized embryos into Liu, the couple died in a car accident in March 2013 in the Chinese coastal province of Jiangsu.

For the next three years, the parents of Shen and Liu fought for the rights and legal custody to four frozen embryos left by their late children in a complicated and unprecedented legal case

After winning custody of embryos in court, In January 2017 parents got help from underground surrogacy agency, they drove to Laos to find a mother. Its important to know that Surrogacy is illegal in China. Couple who needs surrogacy and who can afford it, they can go to other countries for potential options.

The grandparents had to clear several hurdles to transport the embryos out of China and prove the paternity and nationality of the baby once it was born.

In December last year, Shen and Liu’s baby, a boy, was born in a hospital in Guangzhou. Liu’s mother gave him the name Tiantian, or “sweet”. Last month, the family celebrated Tiantian’s first 100 days by holding a small party.

Liu’s mother, Hu Xinxian, told Beijing News: “Tiantian’s eyes look like my daughter’s but overall, he looks more like his father.”
After the birth there have still been legal complications. The new grandparents had to carry out DNA tests to prove their relationship to Tiantian and keep custody.

The grandparents have not decided how to tell Tiantian about his background. Shen Xinan, Tiantian’s paternal grandfather, told Beijing News that until Tiantian is older they will tell him his parents are 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 said.

 

News Resource – theguardian.com, April 12, 2018

Image Resource – telegraph.co.uk, April 8, 2018