Surrogate Gives Birth To Twins, Turns Out One Of Them Is Hers
Jessica Allen's story is a bit tangled but fascinating. This girl, who already had two children of her own, decided that she wanted to make some money by becoming a volunteer for other couples. After searching for some time, she decided to become a surrogate for a Chinese couple who could not have children on their own. The process happened as usually as any other, but she had twins instead of only one child, which resulted in more money for her.
Unfortunately, many people in this world cannot enjoy the joy of starting a family with the person they love. Finding that perfect person to share the future is not easy, but starting a family together can be even more complicated. Some couples can not get pregnant, and this fight leads them to resort to many alternatives to fulfill their wish. From pharmacological treatments to less frequent and peculiar options such as looking for another person to help them.
Jessica Allen made a significant and courageous decision by becoming a surrogate for a couple in need. For her, this meant offering her uterus for nine months to house the fertilized egg of the other couple. Similarly, she would have to relive everything that involved being pregnant again. By renting her uterus in this way, she would allow this couple's baby to grow appropriately inside her. Although it is something that involves many risks, Jessica wanted to help another couple start a family.
Being a substitute mother for another couple is a great responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Not only is it something that puts a lot of pressure on the person's body, but also on their mental health. It is a complicated process and requires a lot of will from the person who is going to rent his belly. However, Jessica, who was already the mother of two children, had an obvious objective in mind and did not intend to resign.
In addition to supporting a couple who needed help forming their own family, Jessica understood that it would have great benefits. Jessica's lifestyle has always focused on being a mother who stays at home to do chores. Because of this, she wanted to offer a better life for her family and move to a better house more suited to their needs. The $ 3,000 she would receive for being a surrogate for this family would help a lot to achieve that goal.
The perfect couple
Allen decided this with her husband and signed up to be a surrogate at the Omega Family Global subrogation agency. This agency, based in San Diego, offered them all the information and resources necessary to achieve their goal. After properly informing herself about the requirements she had to meet, her rights, and the benefits, Allen sat down to wait. She was part of the agency registry and should wait for the ideal couple to appear.
She was paired with a Chinese couple who identify as the "Lius," due to the compatibility they presented. The couple underwent a process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and, happily, Jessica became pregnant in April 2016. The speed with which the procedure gave results hugely excited the Chinese couple. They were delighted with the possibility of bringing into the world a baby that will carry their DNA and could not hide their joy.
How does it work?
The technique used for this procedure, "in vitro fertilization," involves collecting the mother's eggs first. After this process, they undergo artificial fertilization using the father's sperm and are placed in the uterus. After the placement of the embryo in the gestational replacement uterus, it is expected that it will stay in position and the pregnancy will continue. This process is complicated, and it does not always give the desired results quickly.
Although the rental belly, in this case, Jessica, carries the baby during the nine months, she has no genetic link with him. The surrogate is only responsible for gestating the baby and does not own any other kind of property over him. There are currently many confusing legalities about this and may vary from state to state. In some cases, the couple must adopt the baby, and in others, a legal declaration of paternity is made before birth.
Jessica wanted to make sure she did her "work" well, so she had to follow the instructions set out to the letter. She wanted to make sure she did everything right to bring that baby into the world and not disappoint the Lius' trust. Jessica had to eat well, rest properly, follow the doctors' instructions, and do everything necessary. Her health and that of the baby are essential throughout the pregnancy process, and she knew it.
Making sure to follow all the steps and subrogation guidelines, Jessica understood the responsibility she had. Being a mother, she knew how hopeful the couple was that everything turned out very well. After the first six weeks of confirming the pregnancy, she had to go to her first checkup. Jessica went to have a scan with the doctor assigned by the agency to follow up on her case. Seeing the screen, she and the Chinese couple received the first surprise.
The exploration performed by the obstetrician at six weeks revealed something shocking for both women. Jessica not only had one baby, but two! She had become pregnant with twins during the fertilization procedure they performed. However, this was not uncommon according to the perception of the doctor. The Chinese couple was totally amazed by what happened and could not hide their happiness while hearing this news.
The doctor explained that the IVF treatment they underwent is more likely than the average to conceive twins. During this procedure, doctors place the embryo inside the uterus of the substitute in the hope that it will be implanted. More than one fertilized egg is set at a time to increase the chances of this happening. This method dramatically increases the chances of the person conceiving twins instead of a single baby.
Initially, Allen was very nervous about what was happening because she didn't know what to do. They had hired her to have a baby, and she didn't know if the couple would have any objection to the other baby. Fortunately, the Lius were totally delighted with the idea of the twins. The Chinese couple was thrilled, which made Jessica feel more relieved about what was happening. Now the question was, how would change her deal with the Lius because of this?
Jessica explained that the Chinese family agreed to continue the pregnancy, and they offered her something better. "My payment of $ 30,000, including expenses, which I received in installments by check each month, increased by $ 5,000 for the second child." The Chinese family assumed that the embryo had split in two and that the twins were identical. The truth is that the babies were in separate bags, but it was something that could not be detected at that time.
An ordinary pregnancy
Jessica was much better financially, and the Chinese couple was delighted to have two children. The pregnancy was as usual as any other twin pregnancy, so there were no reasons for concern. Besides being twins, nothing else out of the ordinary happened that could alert Jessica or the couple. Having no reason to worry, they assumed that everything happened normally and did not inquire into the rarity of the twins.
The Chinese couple eagerly awaited the arrival of their babies while Jessica continued to follow the guidelines carefully. Jessica explains that she followed all the protocols and that she did nothing that could cause something unusual to happen. Nine months after the initial surprise, Allen gave birth to both male babies by cesarean section. The procedure was performed at a hospital in Riverside, California, and there was no complication to be alarmed about.
Jessica Allen gave birth, delivering two new packages of joy to the world without any problems. Due to the clauses established in her contract with Omega Family Global, Jessica could not stay long together with the babies. In fact, she could hardly even see them because she had to keep them from sticking to her in some way. This separation is also done to make it easier for the surrogate to not develop an emotional bond towards the babies.
Not being able to share at least a few moments with the babies left her hopeless, but she knew it was necessary. Thanks to the few times she was allowed to see them, Allen realized that the babies did not look identical. Both had very different features and features that were very easy to notice, so she began to doubt. Something seemed very different among the "twins" she had had in her belly for nine months.
Jessica's imagination could have been playing with her mind, but her doubts remained in time. The babies had something very different between them that made her think that something was not exactly what it seemed. Her suspicions were cleared after a few weeks when she received a picture of the “twins.” The image sent by the children's parents convinced her that only one of the babies was Chinese.
The more she saw the image sent by the Chinese couple, the more she noticed that the supposed twins were very different. The differences in their features made her doubt that both were even brothers. Jessica began to think about the possibility that one of the children was actually her son and not of the Chinese couple. If this were real, it would imply that something extraordinary had happened, but she could not find another logical reason for what was happening.
A month after the twins were born, Allen still doubted that both children had any relationship. Although she had complied with everything recommended by the agency and the doctors, something had happened. The possibility that one of the children was her son made Jessica doubt the procedure she was subjected to. Although both were very healthy children, she wanted to know the answer to all her thoughts.
Thinking that only she saw the difference between them, she felt very relieved to receive another photograph of them. The image was accompanied by a message from Mrs. Liu that said, "They are not the same, right? Have you thought about why they are different?" Jessica responded that she agreed with her doubts, but did not understand what was happening. Assuring the couple that she had followed all the guidelines, they should find out what had happened.
The Chinese couple and Jessica decided that the only way to determine the truth was through a DNA test. Through this test, they could determine if the twins were really related in any way. When they received the results, everyone was totally stunned to realize the truth. The DNA of the second baby coincided perfectly with that of Jessica and her husband, Wardell Jasper. It was time to go to the doctors.
This event is something scarce, but it seems that it is not something impossible according to medical science. Karen Boyle, a reproductive medicine specialist, explained that there are only 10 cases registered in the medical literature. These cases illustrate that there is a possibility that a pregnant woman will get "pregnant" again, but it is extraordinary. Knowing that the parents of each "twin" are different, there is only one question: who did the baby belong to? Biology and law contradict each other in this situation.
Who stays with the baby?
Although she claimed that she had respected all the guidelines established in the contract, something had gone wrong. One of the clauses states that she could not have any intimacy with her husband. Despite this, they had managed to conceive another child, which represented a severe problem for the contract. The Allen family faced a very complicated situation because their son was not legally their son despite genetics.
Jessica revealed in an interview: "I was disconsolate knowing that I was carrying a baby that I didn't know was mine. She said, "...they took it from me without my knowledge." "My son was in the arms of other people he didn't belong to," she confessed to the edge of tears. The Chinese couple had been paying Jessica extra money since they learned of the other baby. If they paid for him, and she agreed to give him to them, what family does the innocent child stay with?
The Chinese couple had very good relations with Jessica because they had been able to conceive thanks to her. This politeness changed when the truth of the DNA was revealed, and they started a battle against the Allen family. Among their allegations, the Lius claimed that they had been paying Jessica for the other child. She had agreed to give up the two children from the start, so both babies were theirs.
The couple had baptized the baby as Max, but Jessica and her husband had called him Malachi. The conflict between the two couples progressively increased and legal expenses began to accumulate. Despite this, families were able to find out exactly what had happened. Jessica had been able to conceive despite having avoided intimacy and used protection due to a process called superfetation. This occurrence is something very peculiar, but that can happen.
Superfetation is a process that happens when a woman continues to ovulate despite being pregnant. The result of this process is two babies with totally different gestational ages. This "accident" may mean that one of the babies could be a few days, or even weeks, younger than the other despite being in the same belly. Both babies evolve correctly and, if the mother is lucky, they can be born at the same time.
But, in this particular case, both children had different biological parents, which complicated the whole situation. Superfetation is so rare that it occurs only in one in millions of people! It is said that a woman is more likely to be struck by lightning. In cases where there is too much difference, it is something that can be very dangerous given the different dates of each baby. Jessica was fortunate that the difference was not very big.
Starting the battle
The Allen couple, Jessica and Wardell, hired a lawyer to help them solve the problem. Both couples had reached an agreement in which they admitted that the second child was genetically from the Allens. But despite this, the pair of Chinese parents had no intention of giving up the baby. Because of everything that happened, the Lius had very different ideas of how to handle the situation.
Jessica hoped her lawyer could resolve the situation and call her to explain when they would give her her son. Unfortunately, the lawyer had awful news for the unfortunate mother about her new son. The Chinese couple had asked to be rewarded monetarily for returning her their son. They claimed that they had been paying for him in recent months and needed to recover all his expenses before giving him to her.
A complicated road
Jessica Allen and her husband struggled a lot to get all the money they need to get their son back. The Lius had demanded much more massive amounts than this California couple could afford. Despite this, the Allens did their best to get the money needed to give it to the Chinese couple. Wardell sure had to work overtime and had to sell some things to reach their goal.
Almost all the money they obtained from the Chinese couple during the subrogation was immediately spent on their new home. The couple did not give up and continued their bumpy journey to recover their little baby. As difficult as the situation looked, they refused to accept the possibility that they would never be together. Jessica just wanted to get her son back because she felt that they had taken him away even though no one knew the truth about him.
No money for your baby
As time went by, legal fees began to increase rapidly for the Allen family. The chances that Jessica and Wardell could recover their son became scarcer because they didn't have the money. They worked hard, but their family expenses and those of their lawyer made it difficult for them to live peacefully. They wanted to get their son back, but they also had to ensure the welfare of their other two children.
The family had just moved to a new home, as Jessica had planned, but they were spending all their savings. The Allens were not financially, or even mentally, prepared for a new child to come into their lives. Despite fighting fiercely to win the battle, they were not sure they could provide him the best possible home. Raising a third child, which they didn't have planned, could be an enormous challenge for them.
After a long and arduous legal battle, the San Diego agency, Omega Family Global, informed them that the Lius did not want the baby. The Chinese couple decided that they did not want to keep a child who did not have their biological material. However, they wanted a sum of $ 22,000 in compensation for everything that had happened. The Allens didn't have that money, and they didn't know how to get it quickly to solve the problem.
Jessica couldn't believe she had to buy her own son after everything that had happened. The couple had no way of getting that amount of money and received a worse surprise. The adoption agency had established even more barriers for them to be together. Jessica and Wardell's problems accumulated and the agency's new regulations did not facilitate the situation.
Jessica's anguish increased when she heard that a social worker was chatting with a couple of parents. They were willing to adopt the baby and "absorb" the debt the Allens had with the Lius. If this did not materialize, the Chinese couple had agreed to put "Max" for adoption because they were still their legal parents. The adoption of Max would be easy due to his age and the willingness of the Chinese couple to resolve the situation.
Jessica commented: “It was as if Max were a commodity and we were paying to adopt our own flesh and blood. A social worker at the agency also said that we owed him another $ 7,000 for the expenses he had incurred for the bureaucracy and for taking care of our son." The Allen family didn't know what to do when they realized they could lose the chance to recover their son forever.
Lack of communication
Jessica and Wardell were exhausted by the situation and were about to give up. They could not afford to "buy" their son because they did not have the money demanded by the Lius. However, at that time, it became evident that the Chinese couple was receiving the wrong messages. Their lawyer had been manipulating them to think that Jessica wanted to take advantage of the situation. The truth came to light quickly!
The Lius' lawyer had manipulated them to try to get a lot of money from Jessica and Wardell. He had told the Chinese parents that the Allens had threatened to sue them to recover the baby. However, newspaper reports showed that Jessica just wanted to get her son back. Things changed a lot when the Chinese couple knew they had been tricked into abusing Jessica and her son.
After many attempts for the Chinese couple to sign the necessary papers, Jessica and Wardell only received excuses. The Lius' lawyer alleged that they refused to sign the documentation required to transfer custody. According to this lawyer, they would do nothing without monetary compensation that was increasing more and more. Allen kept trying without giving up and, after a long time, she accomplished her task.
On February 5, in a parking lot of a Starbucks, the family obtained custody of their son, and they were able to reunite. After understanding that their lawyer had tricked them by giving them wrong messages, the Chinese couple abandoned the cash demands. The Lius finally realized that Jessica hadn't done anything wrong, she just wanted to get her son back. They signed the necessary papers, and the Allens could return home together.
Another family member
Jessica and her family had to prepare quickly for the incorporation of their son into their home. They do not regret the problems despite the difficulties, nor her decision to be a surrogate mother. Jessica says that regretting them would mean regretting her son and it's something she would never do. She helped the Lius have the opportunity to create a family together, and it's something she feels proud of.
The Allen family does not want to have another child, but they feel very blessed to be reunited and happy. The family is now complete, but financial problems still haunt them due to the debts they still have. They recently established a GoFundMe campaign to help them raise money. They need to cover the legal expenses necessary to review their child's birth certificate and officially name him Malachi.
The history of this family is worth admiring because, despite the problems, they never gave up. They fought tirelessly to recover their son despite economic difficulties. We can only rejoice for them and wish them much happiness in their lives. What do you think of the history of this family? Remember to leave us all your comments and share this article with other happy families.