Four years after the death of a Chinese couple, their child was born to a surrogate mother, according to Chinese media.
Since surrogacy is illegal in China, they drove to Laos to find a mother with the help of an underground agency. Days before doctors were set to transfer one of the embryos into Liu, the couple died in a vehicle crash in Jiangsu.
The parents of the couple battled for the next three years to win the rights to four frozen embryos, according to Beijing News.
A "miracle" baby has been born four years after his parents were killed in a vehicle crash.
After the fatal accident, the embryos were stored at a Nanjing hospital because there was no precedent as to whether the parents of the deceased could inherit the fertilized eggs.
Speaking about the birth of their grandson both sets of grandparents, said they were delighted that their family bloodline can continue and that their children's wishes have been fulfilled.
Tiantian, which means 'sweet, ' was born in China in December to a Laotian surrogate mother. The court first gave the parents of the dead couple the right to use the embryos, but only if it could be proved that they would be kept in another hospital.
The thermos-sized bottle of liquid nitrogen containing the embryos had to be transported by auto as no aircraft was willing to transport it.
Then there was the issue of citizenship and the surrogate had to travel to China on a tourist visa to give birth to the baby to ensure Chinese citizenship.
The baby's paternal and maternal grandparents have reportedly proven relations through DNA.
"For sure we will tell him what happened - what choice do we have?"
It is thought that the child is being raised by his grandparents who plan to tell him his mum and dad are living overseas until he is old enough to know what really happened.
Shen said: 'This boy is destined to be sad on his arrival into the world.