Baby Born Four Years After Parents' Deaths

Nevertheless, Shen's and Liu's parents tried a risky legal move - suing each other - in an attempt to get the Nanjing hospital to release the embryos to one of them, Beijing News reported.

As the first court refused the lawsuit, a 2nd ruled in their favor. However, given the legal uncertainty regarding non-implanted embryos, it was hard to accept a hospital in China to take care of them. However, the embryos could only be taken from the Nanjing hospital if there was proof that another hospital would store them.

"There are thresholds for practicing every technology, and without the threshold, which we must strictly abide by, the technology runs the risk of being abused", she said.

Once this challenge was met, the families had to set about finding a surrogate and, with this service illegal in China, they had to set their sights overseas.

This week for the very first time, the story of the baby boy, who was born in December previous year, was reported by The Beijing News.

Hospitals aren't allowed to transport embryos to men and women, so that the families saw a surrogacy service which is employed together with a hospital at Laos.

A baby of a Chinese couple who died more than four years ago has been born to a surrogate mother. His grandparents named him Tiantian, or "sweet'".

Following the birth and with no parents left to prove paternity, the new grandparents had to provide blood and take DNA tests to prove their relationship with Tiantian and keep custody.

On Tuesday, the newspaper released blurred-out pictures of the new family: In one, the four beaming grandparents gather around their unlikely grandchild.

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

Shen Xinnan, the father of Shen Jie, was quoted as saying that he only plans to tell the boy what happened to his parents when he is older and in the meantime will say they are living overseas.

  • Joey Payne