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

Chinese parents want to ensure that their infants do not fall behind their peers

Four years after a Chinese couple died in a auto crash, their baby was born to a surrogate according to local media reports.

The embryo was implanted in the surrogate's womb in Laos, where commercial surrogacy is legal, and she gave birth to the boy in China.

However, Shen Jie and his wife Liu Xi died in a vehicle accident on Mar 20, 2013, just before a scheduled procedure to transplant the embryos, according to the report.

The baby boy, nicknamed "Tiantian" ("sweet" in Mandarin), was successfully born in December 2017, over four years since his parents' fatal accident.

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. Surrogacy is illegal in China.

The thermos-sized bottle of liquid nitrogen containing the embryos had to be transported by auto as no aircraft was willing to transport it.

Liu's mother, Hu Xinxin, told the local media: "Tiantian's eye looks like my daughter's but overall, he looks more like his father". To avoid any citizenship issues, the surrogate was later brought back to China on a tourist visa to give birth.

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According to The Guardian, the new grandparents had to undergo DNA testing to prove their relationship with the baby to maintain custody.

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

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

They've chose to tell Tiantian his parents are overseas until he is old enough to understand how he was born.

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

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

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