The parents of the couple battled for the next three years to win the rights to four frozen embryos, according to Beijing News. And with surrogacy illegal in China, the only realistic option was to look beyond the country's borders.
His grandparents marvelled at his tiny features: The baby had his late mother's eyes, but overall, he resembled his father, they said.
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Although he has no parents, his four grandparents have reportedly proven relations through DNA.
There was no precedent for this kind of case in the country and even after the legalities were settled, the two couples could not move the embryos from their home at the Nanjing hospital without first proving that another would be able to store them. The next problem for the little one was the issue of his citizenship, so the surrogate mother traveled with a tourist visa to China to give birth to him.
When the child was born, the grandparents were also required to take paternity tests to prove they were, in fact, Tiantian's relatives, but the extraordinary effort was worth it. Shen Xinan, Tiantian's paternal grandfather, mentioned that until the child is older, they will tell him that his parents are overseas.
"This child came into the world with sadness".
"For sure we will tell him what happened - what choice do we have?"