A Chinese couple who died more than four years ago had a son born to a surrogate mother, Chinese media outlets reported.
The tragedy set off a years-long battle in court, as the parents of both Shen and Liu fought to claim the fertilised embryos as their own.
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. The grandparents are said to be very happy to have Tiantian, whose name means "sweetness" in Chinese. The case was further complicated by the fact that "China does not have a legal precedent for the parents of couples inheriting their children's embryos", reports the South China Morning Post.
Hospitals are not permitted to transfer embryos to individuals, so the families found a surrogacy agency that works with a hospital in Laos.
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In December past year, Shen and Liu's baby boy was born in a hospital in Guangzhou. To avoid any citizenship issues, the surrogate was later brought back to China on a tourist visa to give birth. Last month, the family celebrated Tiantian's first 100 days by holding a small party.
The new grandparents have not decided how they will tell the boy about the circumstances of his birth.
"He's always smiling. His eyes are like my daughter, but he looks more like her dad overall", said Liu Xi's mother, Hu Xingxian, adding that they were happy that the baby would extend their bloodline.
"This child came into the world with sadness".
Tiantian's paternal grandfather told the newspaper that they didn't want to tell the child the truth about his parents until he was older.
"We will definitely tell him in the future - how can we not?"