A Surrogate Baby Story: Baby Born 4 Years after Death of Parents

In vitro fertilization process
in vitro fertilization

In China, four years after his parents died in a tragic car accident, Tiantian was born. Before dying tragically in 2013 in a car accident Shen Jie and Liu Xi were struggling to have a child, after two years of marriage, they decided to use science and in vitro fertilization to conceive a child.

How can it be possible? Surrogate pregnancy!


surrogate woman and future mother

After the sad event both of the couple’s parents only had one idea: it was to retrieve their children’s frozen potential babies. Their frozen embryos were stored in Nanjing’s hospital. Indeed, they wanted to see their bloodline continue with the help of surrogacy. However, the major obstacle was that surrogacy is banned in China.

After battling with the hospital which was reluctant to give the frozen embryos. Mostly because there was no established antecedent for this kind of cases. The two families finally found a court that agreed to give them the frozen embryos as a consolation for losing both their only child.

The fight wasn’t over

The two families had to go to Laos to find a hospital willing to implant the embryo in a 27 years old surrogate mother. The grandparents finally came back with the surrogate (holding a tourist visa) to China, in December 2017 Tiantian was born. But the grandparents had now to prove that the boy was Chinese for him to obtain the citizenship. The boy was finally granted his citizenship after multiple DNA tests.

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Tell the boy?

kid on the edge of crying

One of the grandmother despite telling than “Tiantian’s eyes look like my daughter’s but overall, he looks more like his father.” Declared that they have decided not to tell Tiantian about his parents. They want to wait for him to be older and pretend that 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?” declared his grandfather.

We can discuss these decisions, would you have decided to use a surrogate? Is it a good solution to wait to tell him that sad truth? However, we can only wish the best to Tiantian and his family for him to grow safely.

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