Meet Tiantian – The baby boy who was born four years after his parents died in a car crash in China

A baby boy has been born in China to a surrogate mother four years after his parents died in a car accident. The boy was born on December 9, 2017, in Guangzhou and his maternal grandmother, Liu’s mother, gave him the name Tiantian, or “sweet”. The family recently celebrated Tiantian’s first 100 days by holding a small party.

New Delhi: A baby boy has been born in China to a surrogate mother four years after his parents died in a car accident, Chinese media reported. Shen Jie and Liu Xi, a couple in the eastern Chinese city of Yixing, had frozen several embryos hoping to have a child through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The couple had been married for two years when they decided to try IVF. But as fate would have it, the couple died in a car crash in March 2013 in the Chinese coastal province of Jiangsu. The tragic accident happened just five days before the fertilised embryos were to be implanted into Liu’s womb, Beijing News reported.

After the accidents, both Shen and Liu’s parents fought a long complicated and unprecedented legal case to be allowed to use the embryos left by their children, Beijing News reported on Tuesday in an article detailing the court battle that followed. As per a report in The New York Times, surrogacy is illegal in China, and the first obstacle for the parents was obtaining the right of the embryos. At the time of the accident, the frozen embryos were stored safely in a Nanjing hospital, frozen at minus 196 degrees in a liquid nitrogen tank. Read: Pune couple becomes grandparents to twins born via surrogacy using dead son’s preserved semen

After several court battles, the four grandparents won the custody of the fertilised embryos, which means their bloodline would be continued. And in January 2017, they succeeded in finding a surrogate mother in neighbouring Laos with the help of a surrogacy agency – since the procedure is illegal in China. Doctors at a hospital in Laos implanted two of the embryos into the womb of the 27-year-old Laotian who was chosen as the surrogate.

The surrogate mother was then taken to China on a tourist visa before the child was born, added The New York Times report. The boy was born on December 9, 2017, in Guangzhou and his maternal grandmother, Liu’s mother, gave him the name Tiantian, or “sweet”. The family recently celebrated Tiantian’s first 100 days by holding a small party.

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