Surrogate forced to fight for custody of her own son after rare condition caused her to fall pregnant with twins - one of whom is hers

时间:2018-02-10 单词数:4280

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An American woman had to fight for custody of her biological son when she became pregnant with twins while being a surrogate for a Chinese couple.


Jessica Allen was doing In Vitro Fertalization (IVF) for the Lius in April 2016, nearly a year after giving birth to her second son with Wardell Jasper, 34.


And after engaging in intercourse with Jasper - claiming the use of a condom - Allen returned to the hospital to discover she was pregnant with twins.


’Not once during the pregnancy did any of the medical staff provided by the agency say that the babies were in separate sacs,’ she said to the New York Post.


’As far as we were concerned, the transferred embryo had split in two and the twins were identical.’


But what they would all soon find out was that the at-the-time mother of two was naturally pregnant with her own child through an extremely rare medical incident called superfetation.


’I didn’t even get a look at the babies when they were pulled out because it was done behind an opaque screen,’ added Allen.


Next day the mother visited and showed Allen a phone photograph of the two children.


Allen said: ’Wow! They look so different.’


On January 10, days before moving into their new home, Allen received a WeChat message and picture from Mrs Liu that said ’’They are not the same, right?’ followed by, ’Have you thought about why they are different?’’


Both babies were still in California at the time, so a DNA test was conducted where it was discovered that one of the boys - named Max - was actually biracial and belonged to Allen and Jasper.


Allen was told, by the agency, that the Lius wanted nothing to do with Max - soliciting $18,000 to $22,000 in compensation.


To their additional horror, Allen said that the agency was prepared to give her son to another family and/or allow the Lius to put Max up for adoption since they were his legal parents.


’We want our son,’ asserted Allen who was was furious that the caseworker at Omega requested another $7,000 for the difficulties she endured in taking care of the baby.


After spending $3,000 in legal fees, the couple were able to get the money that they ’owed’ to the Chinese couple reduced to zero.


She added: ’I don’t regret becoming a surrogate mom because that would mean regretting my son.


’I just hope other women considering surrogacy can learn from my story.’