Once a frozen embryo, Tiantian has been birthed four years after his parents died in a car crash in China.
When Shen Jie and Liu Xi died in Nanjing, China, in 2013, they had already frozen several embryos, hoping to one day conceive a child via IVF.
Before the couple suddenly died, they had had the embryos stored safely at a hospital in Nanjing, frozen at 196 degrees Celsius below zero.
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After a long legal battle with authorities, the crash victim’s parents won the rights to the fertilized eggs.
They wanted to use the embryos and give birth to a grandchild, but surrogacy is illegal in China, so they went looking otherwhere.
It wasn’t long before they found a surrogate in neighboring Laos, and a baby boy was born last December. The baby was delivered at a hospital in Guangzhou, and has been named Tiantian, which translates into ‘Sweet’.
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His family recently held him a small party in celebration of his first 100 days.
“Tiantian’s eyes look like my daughter’s, but overall he looks more like his father”, Liu’s mother, Hu Xinxian, told Beijing News.
The grandparents still don’t know how they will tell Tiantian the truth about his parents and how he came to be. However, Tiantian’s paternal grandfather said that they would tell him that his parents are living in a different country until he is older.