“I rented my uterus, and they almost took my baby”
A surrogate mother from the United States became pregnant at the moment when she was carrying a child. According to experts, superfetation is an extremely rare phenomenon among people.
California resident Jessica Allen simultaneously gave birth to twins from different people. The American woman was carrying a child of a barren couple from China and soon realized that she was also pregnant with her own husband. There are no more than a dozen similar cases in the history of medicine. However, the woman had to fight for parental rights: a real war broke out for the baby.
Source: NY Post
31-year-old Jessica Allen and her husband, 34-year-old Jasper Wardall.
California resident Jessica Allen, a mother of two children, agreed to become a surrogate mother for a barren couple from China. The fee of 35 thousand dollars for carrying another child Jessica and her husband Jasper Wardall decided to spend on bail for their own home.In recent years, surrogacy has increasingly become a way of earning money for low-income Americans.
Six weeks after a successful IVF procedure during an ultrasound scan, the doctors discovered that a resident of California was pregnant with twins. At first, the doctors suggested that the American would have twins. But during the delivery, which took place with a caesarean section, the doctors noticed that one newborn was noticeably smaller in size than the other.
According to the contract concluded with the Chinese couple, Jessica had the right to spend an hour with the newborns, however, the babies were taken away immediately after the birth. The next day, customers showed an American photo of babies on a mobile phone. Then the woman noticed how much they differed from each other. It was obvious that one kid was Chinese, and the second was a mulatto.
After the DNA examination, it turned out that the kids have different parents. One child did have the genes of the Chinese, but the second was the native son of an American. It turned out that the woman was able to get pregnant from her partner, already in position.And this is despite the fact that during pregnancy, she and her husband used condoms: according to the terms of the contract, during the childbearing, the surrogate mother could not have unprotected sex.
Jessica with her husband and children: Malachi (10 months), Yarius (2 years) and Jeremiah (7 years).
As the scientists explained, we are talking about superfetation - fertilization of the egg during pregnancy. According to experts, the phenomenon usually occurs in the animal world - in rodents, rabbits, horses, sheep and kangaroos. As for people, science knows only about a dozen of such cases.
Note that because of this mystery of nature, Jessica almost lost her own child. It took the woman a lot of time to get parental rights for her newborn son. According to the surrogacy agreement, the baby belonged to a Chinese couple, like the other child. Through the surrogate motherhood agency, Jessica learned that the customers had abandoned the little mulatto, who was named Max, and, moreover, demanded compensation in the amount of 18 to 22 thousand dollars.
Of course, Jessica and Jasper did not have such money, because they spent all the money from surrogate motherhood on the house.Then the agency decided to pay off this debt, looking after adoptive parents for little Max, who were ready to pay for it. And for the baby began a real judicial war.
Jessica and her husband spent about 3 thousand dollars on lawyers. Fortunately, the baby still got into his own family, which, after numerous court sessions, did not have to pay anything to the Chinese couple. The cost of paying compensation to customers was incurred by the agency, taking money from an internal fund.
In the end, it took Jessica about three months to get parental rights to her own child. Now the baby, whom biological parents named Malachi, lives with his siblings, mom and dad.