Baby boy born four years AFTER his parents died in auto crash

Baby boy born four years AFTER his parents died in auto crash

Baby boy born four years AFTER his parents died in auto crash

In March 2013, Shen Jie and Liu Xi were on the cusp of starting a family - a scheduled in vitro fertilisation procedure was only days away - when the Chinese couple's auto slammed into a tree in Jiangsu province.

Dozens of commentators said it highlights the plight of parents who have lost their only child under China's controversial one-child policy.

After the couple's death, their parents fought a prolonged legal battle to be allowed to use the embryos, writes BBC. The soon-to-be grandparents eventually won custody and baby Tiantian was born by a Laotian surrogate last December, reported The Beijing News.

A baby boy was born in China to a surrogate mother from Laos four years after his parents died in a vehicle crash, reports Chinese media.

"He's always smiling. His eyes are like my daughter's, but he looks more like his dad", new grandmother Hu Xingxian, told the state-run newspaper.

To ensure Chinese citizenship for the baby Tiantian, the surrogate travelled to China, and gave birth there on a tourist visa.

When they were killed the embryos were frozen at -196C in a liquid nitrogen tank in a hospital in Nanjing.

As surrogacy remains illegal in China, his grandparents had to seek expert medical help overseas.

The birth of boy nicknamed "Tiantian" (sweet in Mandarin) was made all the more hard as China does not have a legal precedent for the parents of couples inheriting their children's embryos.

The publication said, by what "legal minefield" had to go to parents of victims due to the lack of such practices the use of embryos in China.

Hospitals are not permitted to transport embryos into persons, hence the families found a surrogacy service that works with a hospital in Laos.

The new grandparents had to carry out DNA tests to prove their relationship to Tiantian and keep custody.

They nicknamed him "Tiantian" (or "little sweet"), for the joy he brought after years of bitter legal battles and crushing loss.

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