When a surrogate mother gave birth to twin boys she had no clue that one of the babies would turn out to be her own biological son. Upon seeing a photo, Jessica Allen realized that the tanned baby belonged to her and her husband, but the Chinese couple who paid for the pregnancy said the child came with a price — $22,000 to be exact.
The Allens now have custody of baby Malachi, but the process proved to be emotionally and financially straining on the family.
The 31-year-old says that in December 2016 she gave birth to the boys and despite an agreement to allow her an hour with the children, the twins were hastened to their legal parents. That night when she came across a photo of the boys she noticed that they weren’t identical twins as she initially thought.
“One, his skin tone was much fairer than the other. One looked full Chinese, the other didn’t look full Chinese,” Jessica said. “It was very clear that they were not identical … but I didn’t ask questions.”
Upon talking to a caseworker with Omega Family Global surrogacy agency, Allen was told that, even if the boys didn’t look the same, they were considered identical twins.
After weeks, the then legal mother reached out to Jessica through text inquiring if she could see the difference. The woman was now having doubts that the darker child belonged to her.
A DNA test concluded that one of the boys biologically belonged to Jessica and her husband Wardell Jasper. Allen was astonished that this had happened. She and Jasper had followed instructions to avoid sex until she was officially pregnant.
While rare, superfetation is the phenomenon where a woman still ovulates even after she is already pregnant.
“I was completely in shock. I was panicking. My husband and I were panicking,” Allen said. “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.”
Unprepared but determined, the couple readied themselves to get their infant son home even though it came at a high price.