Baby Born Four Years After Parents Died In Car Accident

Baby Born Four Years After Parents Died In Car Accident

Baby Born Four Years After Parents Died In Car Accident

A surrogate mother has given birth to a baby boy in China four years after his parents died in a vehicle crash, Chinese media reported.

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.

At the time of the accident, all of the embryos had been stored safely and frozen at -196C in a liquid nitrogen tank in a hospital in Nanjing.

The couple's parents were overjoyed as their children's bloodline was extended through the birth of their grandson, the newspaper reported on Monday.

But no airline wanted to take a thermos of liquid-nitrogen encased embryos onboard, BBC reports, so the eggs had to be transported across the border by vehicle.

Little Tiantian was born in December and, according to Liu's mother, he looks just like his father.

Finally, they won the rights to the embryos and Tian Tian (which means "sweet" in Chinese) was born to a surrogate mother in Laos on Dec 9 past year.

For the following three years, their four parents fought an intense legal battle for custody of the four fertilised eggs left by their late children. The grandparents are said to be very happy to have Tiantian, whose name means "sweetness" in Chinese.

At that point, a second major hurdle arose: Surrogacy has been illegal in China since 2001, when the Health Ministry banned it on "ethical principles", and no other hospital in the country was willing to take in the embryos.

Liu's mother, Hu Xinxian, told Beijing News: "Tiantian's eyes look like my daughter's but overall, he looks more like his father".

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

"This boy is destined to be sad on his arrival into the world". "We will definitely tell him what happened -- what choice do we have?"

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