For most women, the journey to motherhood is an incredible and worthwhile experience. But the story of this young surrogate would come to shock the world.
A Different Journey
Jessica Allen was looking to help a couple in need. One of the options she considered was surrogacy. She was in a tough financial situation at the time, and knew that this would not only help her money-wise, but also give a couple the gift of life.
The Ultimate Gift
Jessica knew, that this was her opportunity to offer a family with the ultimate gift. Thousands of women worldwide, struggle with fertility problems. Many people turn to adoption. IVF or the option of surrogacy.
The Happy Couple
Jessica selected a family she knew would appreciate this incredible gift that she was offering, a Chinese couple who had struggled to conceive for years. They seemed like a trustworthy couple who would offer a child everything they deserved.
And So It Begins
Jessica signed the legal paper work and was declared healthy enough to carry the baby. Despite surrogacy being a well regulated journey, no one would have foreseen how this pregnancy would turn out.
A Little Help From Science
After numerous visits to the doctors, Allen was ready for the IVF (“in vitro fertilization”) procedure. The process works by having the biological mother’s egg fertilized by the father’s sperm. The embryo is then placed in the surrogate mother’s womb.
The couple waited anxiously to hear back from Allen and the doctors. Within 12 days the results were clear; Allen had been successfully impregnated. The blessed baby was on its way.
A Healthy Mom
Allen’s pregnancy was going according to plan. She was healthy and doing whatever she could to ensure her unborn child’s wellbeing. She had a responsibility to both the prospective family and the unborn baby to do whatever she could to ensure the pregnancy went smoothly.
The Wonderful Surprise
A few weeks into her pregnancy, Allen did receive some unexpected news: she was carrying twins! No one knew such happy news would come at a heavy price for Jessica and her husband.
Allen contacted the parents-to-be, letting them know the good news. The couple were ecstatic to welcome their children into the world. But that was before they knew the unbelievable truth about the pregnancy.
Something is Not Right
After nine long months, Jessica finally gave birth to two healthy babies. As was hospital policy, Allen was allowed to spend some time with the infants, allowing them to bond for the time being.
A Gift from God
Each of the babies was beautiful and perfectly healthy. Jessica was so grateful to have had an easy birth. She was enjoying every moment but soon Jessica noticed something strange about one of the children…
Was It True?
The babies were soon taken away from their biological mother but Allen could not shake the thought from her mind: Something was not right. When she was later handed a picture of her babies by one of the hospital staff, her fears were confirmed.
One of the babies looked Chinese, but the other had no Asian features and had a much darker skin tone. She knew this was more than incompatible skin tones. These babies were not identical at all.
A Fateful Telephone Call
Allen left the hospital feeling at odds. She had a deep maternal instinct that something unlikely had happened in her womb. Weeks later, she was contacted by the Chinese family who had taken the children in.
The couple believed that one of the babies was not theirs. Jessica had been pondering the thought since parted with the two infants. But how could this possibly be? There had to be a scientific explanation.
Turning to Science
The Chinese couple and Allen discussed the issue for a week before deciding to turn to science for an explanation. They were going to get a DNA test for the two babies. They were determined to get to the bottom of the situation, was Jessica gut instinct right?
What Would They Do?
Jessica was right. The DNA results showed that one of the twin babies was actually the biological son of Jessica Allen and her African American husband, Wardell Jasper.
Doctors Left Shocked
The news was unheard of in the scientific community. Two babies, of different genetics had been in the same womb. When the doctors read the test results, they were as shocked and confused as Jessica herself. This was a medical miracle.
A Medical Marvel
Jessica had followed the rules of the surrogacy throughout her pregnancy. She had not had intercourse with her husband for the duration of this period but this was an extremely rare medical marvel. Jessica had continued to ovulate while she was pregnant.
The Initial Shock
“I was completely in shock. I was panicking. My husband and I were panicking,” Allen tells People Magazine. “We had no idea how this came about and we had no idea how we were going to prepare for a child overnight. We just moved into a new house, we didn’t have any more money.”
Shock then Joy
After their initial feelings of shock, Allen and her husband were soon overjoyed. The baby was truly a miracle. They couldn’t wait to welcome their new child into their home. But things were about to get messy, everything could soon be ripped away from the happy couple.
The Devastating News
Soon, everything was prepared. The couple would be allowed to finally be reunited with their son, Malachi. Everything was set for the baby’s arrival when the couple got a devastating call from a lawyer. The joyous occasion would soon turn into a nightmare.
Holding her Child for Ransom
The couple expected the phone call to just be a routine check up from the lawyer, but no. The Chinese couple were demanding $22 000 for their biological son. No one could have foreseen the difficult road that lay ahead.
What Would They Do?
Allen told People Magazine, “I thought I wasn’t going to get him back because they were pressuring me to pay this money back first. Then, they were saying that the intending mom was thinking about giving him up for adoption.” The couple was devastated. They had no savings to pay for the child’s ransom.
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“I thought I had a child out there that I was gonna be forced to let go of all because I couldn’t buy him or because I couldn’t adopt him. They wanted me to buy or adopt my own child.” Through the devastation, they had to remain clam. They fought to propose a compromise with the other couple.
A Bizarre Request
Jessica Allen has believed that there was more to the story than it had seemed. To ask someone to pay such an exorbitant amount of money for their own child seemed ridiculous. But there was more lurking behind the couple’s bizarre request.
Apparently, the couple who had hired Jessica Allen to give birth to their baby was being manipulated by their very own lawyer. Their lawyer had been feeding them lies that Allen was threatening to sue them. It was clear that Allen and her husband never intended to sue anyone. They just wanted their baby boy back.
The Saga Continues
Allen told People Magazine, “We tried to get him on numerous occasions, but one excuse they gave us was the intended parents didn’t want to sign over the power of attorney, so we didn’t get him,” Allen says.
“We got another call and we were supposed to get him, then we didn’t because they were thinking about giving him up for adoption,” a tearful Allen explains. But the couple were determined to get their child back.
A Happy Ending
After a long and lengthy battle, Jessica and her husband finally gained custody of their boy, Malachi. The story has since become a viral sensation. Ultimately this story has a happy ending, Jessica finally feels like her family is complete.