Baby in China born four years after parents' death

Li Zuyuan a maternity nurse takes care of newborns Gansu Provincial Maternity and Child-care Hospital Lanzhou Gansu Province China

A surrogate mother in China gave birth to a baby boy whose parents died in a 2013 vehicle crash, according to a report.

However, given that his biological parents were not alive to prove his paternity, the four grandparents underwent blood tests and DNA tests to prove that the boy was indeed their grandchild and that both his parents were Chinese.

Shen Jie and Liu Xi had been married for two years when they made a decision to try in vitro fertilization.

At the Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, Liu's fertilized embryos sat in a tank of liquid nitrogen, preserved at minus 196 degrees Celsius. Their unique case was controversial, since there is now no existing law in China that grants parents of couples inheritance of their children's embryos.

The little boy was born in December, The Beijing News first reported this week, according to The Guardian.

As surrogacy remains illegal in China, the parents had to seek expert medical help overseas and eventually hired a 27-year-old surrogate mother from Laos to deliver the child.

The newspaper explained how the lack of precedent for a case of this kind had forced the deceased couple's parents through a legal minefield before the surrogacy could proceed.

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To get around the issue, the Laotian surrogate mother was brought to China on a tourist visa and the families arranged for her to give birth at a private hospital in the southern city of Guangzhou.

In December previous year, Shen and Liu's baby, a boy, was born in a hospital in Guangzhou.

"His eyes look like my daughter's", Ms. Hu told Beijing News. His grandparents named him Tiantian, or "sweet'".

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

"This child came into the world with sadness". We will definitely tell him in the future.

Liu was killed right away; Shen died five days later, reports said.

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