A surrogate mother was astonished to learn that one of two children she gave birth to was actually hers, setting off a huge legal battle.
An astonishing turn of events in California has left a surrogate mother in a vicious custody battle after one of the two children she gave birth to appeared to actually be hers. Jessica Allen, 31, was allowed an hour with the newborns she had given birth to as part of her $35,000 contract to act as a surrogate, but the parents removed them from the hospital before she was able to see them.
Eventually, the mom paid a 10-minute visit and showed a picture of the twins on a cell phone, prompting Allen to remark that they looked different. As authorities were able to find out later, not only were Max and Mike not identical twins, but they had completely different DNA – and that in fact Max was her baby.
It seemed obvious in the photos, as Mike appeared to be an Asian child and threfore belonged to the Liu family, but Max appeared to be half white and half African-American. Allen, who is white, has a black husband named Wardell Jasper.
What had happened is an extremely rare medical incident that is known as superfetation, when someone gets pregnant naturally despite using condoms, even after the Liu’s embryo was transferred to her uterus via in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Under her contract, Wardell and Allen were not to have sexual intercourse until given permission by the IVF doctor, who recommended that they use condoms, a requirement that they adhered too. But when she was scanned at six weeks, the doctor found another baby, something that made the Lius happy since they were thrilled to have twins. They even bumped up the payment by $5,000 for the second child.
After the whole ordeal happened and the Lius realized Max was not there’s, they reportedly wanted nothing to do with them and demanded $18-22,000 in payment. The Lius were even reportedly considering putitng Max up for adoption if Wardell and Allen could come up with the money to pay them.
Finally, the case was resolved and the couple met with a caseworker in a parking lot, where she received their son and named him Malachi.