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Baby born four years after parents died in vehicle crash

Li Zuyuan a maternity nurse takes care of newborns Gansu Provincial Maternity and Child-care Hospital Lanzhou Gansu Province China

Eventually, in January 2017 after many sets of court battles, the four grandparents won custody of the embryos. Since the service is illegal in China, they had to look overseas, eventually hiring an agency and settling on Laos, where surrogacy is not prohibited.

However after finding a woman willing to be a surrogate mother from Laos, the little baby boy was born last December following embryo fertilisation.

When flying with the embryos presented challenges, the agency drove the embryos more than 3000km to Laos in early 2017, Sina reported. One of the transplanted embryos was successful.

The pregnant mother successfully gave birth to a baby boy in December past year.

To get around the issue, the Laotian surrogate mother was brought to China on a tourist visa and the families arranged for her to give birth at a private hospital in the southern city of Guangzhou.

A baby was born in China by a surrogate mother four years after his parents' death in a vehicle, the Chinese media reported, and broadcast the BBC.

Following the birth and with no parents left to prove paternity, the new grandparents had to provide blood and take DNA tests to prove their relationship with Tiantian and keep custody.

The four grandparents with their newly born grandchild.

In another, Tiantian - smiling, wearing a cartoon bib that says "HAPPY" - is about to celebrate his first 100 days, a significant milestone for newborns in China.

According to BBC, the four new grandparents said they were thrilled that they are able to continue the families' bloodline.

The biological parents had embryos frozen that they hoped would one day become their children.

Liu's mother Hu Xinxian told the outlet they named him Tiantian, meaning "sweet".

He said: "The boy is destined to be sad on his arrival into the world".

They also revealed that they will tell their grandson about his parents deaths when he is older.

"We will definitely tell him in the future - how can we not?"