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China: Baby born four years after parents die in vehicle crash

13 April 2018

The embryo was implanted into the womb of a surrogate mother in Laos before the baby boy, named Tiantian, was born at a hospital in Guangzhou, China, in December. Five days before they were scheduled to transplant one of the fertilized embryos into Liu, the couple died in a vehicle accident in March 2013 in the Chinese coastal province of Jiangsu.

The boy, called Tiantian - Sweetie in Mandarin - was born in a hospital in China's Guangdong province, "after his grandparents won a year-long court battle to use a frozen embryo".

The pregnant mother successfully gave birth to a baby boy in December previous year.

The mother and father of those deceased bunch repeatedly visited with the hospital in Nanjing at which the frozen embryos have been stored, but senior hospital officials repeatedly denied to meet with them. After finally being granted custody of the embryos in January 2017, both sets of parents travelled to Laos to find a mother as surrogacy in illegal in China. No airline would carry the embryos, which were encased in a thermos containing 196°C (385°F) liquid nitrogen, so the trip was taken by vehicle.

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Then there was the issue of citizenship and the surrogate had to travel to China on a tourist visa to give birth to the baby to ensure Chinese citizenship.

Hu Xingxian, his maternal grandma, who gave him the name Tiantian, or Sweet Sweet. The report says this is an unprecedented affair for this, and the couple's parents had to put up a tough court fight to secure the right to resort to a surrogate mother.

The new grandparents have not decided how they will tell the boy about the circumstances of his birth.

Although he has no parents, his four grandparents have reportedly proven relations through DNA.

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Tiantian's paternal grandfather told the newspaper that they didn't want to tell the child the truth about his parents until he was older.

"We will definitely tell him in the future - how can we not?"

"In the meantime we will say his mum and dad are living overseas", Shen said.

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China: Baby born four years after parents die in vehicle crash