“The risk of suing the hospital was too great,” Shen Xinnian, the father of Mr. Shen, told the newspaper.
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While the first court rejected the suit, a second ruled in their favor. “The only carrier of the two families’ blood lines carries the burden of their grieving memories and consolation,” the Wuxi People’s Intermediate Court said.
Hospitals are not permitted to transfer embryos to individuals, so the families found a surrogacy agency that works with a hospital in Laos. In December 2016, the surrogacy agency received the embryos, which it drove to Laos in early 2017.
A 27-year-old Laotian was chosen as the surrogate, and doctors at a hospital in Laos implanted two of the embryos. Before the child was born, the surrogate was taken to China on a tourist visa. The boy was born on Dec. 9, 2017, in Guangzhou.
Hu Xingxian, his maternal grandmother, gave him the name Tiantian, or Sweet Sweet.
“His eyes look like my daughter’s,” Ms. Hu told Beijing News. “But he looks more like his father.”