Surrogate Mother Twins
One womb, two babies, and two sets of genetic parents? Meet Jessica Allen, a surrogate mother who was told that not only had she given birth to a child who had resort to IVF , but she had given a birth to a biological child of her own.
Jessica and her husband Wardell Jasper decided to pay it forward after sharing two healthy children of their own. The reason for being a surrogate mother was because she thinks “No woman in the world should have to live their life without experiencing the love and the bond from a mother and a child,” ABC News.
China, where surrogacy is illegal, after being matched to a couple over there a single male embryo was successfully planted in her uterus and everything proceeded smoothly. However, six weeks later she received a shocking news from her doctor that she was actually carrying 2 babies. She was told that it was not usual for the embryo to split but was possible, and she assumed that she was having identical twin boys.
However, after the babies were born via C-section at Riverside Community Hospital in California, Allen was sent a picture which revealed that two boys were not identical and had different skin color. It seemed that Allen while carrying the Chinese couple baby, became pregnant with her own child., a case so rare that people don’t even know if it’s a possibility.
DNA test a month later confirmed that babies were not twins, and actually had different sets of genes and genetic parents. Known as superfetation, this rare phenomenon occurs after woman begins to ovulate after becoming pregnant, resulting in two babies with different gestational ages.
Dr. Jennifor Ashton, Chief Health and Medical Editor told GMA that “you have a better chance of being struck by lightning or winning the lottery than having this happen to you if you’re a woman with a uterus.”
Process although was complicated, the couple was able to get custody of their biological son, whose conception was literally one in a million. Ten months old Malachi was reunited with his parents in February, and although it wasn’t planned, they couldn’t be happier about it. “He’s just so smart, so intelligent, you know,” Allen told ABC News. “He’s learning fast. He’s got two big brothers to run after and learn from.”