A surrogate mother carrying a Chinese couple's twins discovered one of the babies is her biological son.
Jessica Allen, 31, was already a mother of two when she decided to become a surrogate. She would be paid $30,000 which would allow her to be a stay-at-home mom and save for a new house. Allen's partner, Wardell Jasper said it would also be a “chance to give a family the blessing of a child.”
After becoming a surrogate for the San Diego-based Omega Family Global, Allen was matched with the Lius (a pseudonym) and became pregnant in 2016, ABC News reports.
She quickly realized she was carrying twins and the Lius were thrilled. Allen's surrogacy fee was upped by $5,000.
Allen told the New York Post the medical staff provided by the agency never mentioned the babies were in separate sacs.
"As far as we were concerned, the transferred embryo had split in two and the twins were identical," she said.
After Allen went into labour in December 2016, the biological parents reneged on their agreement, which would have allowed the California-native an hour with the children. It wasn't until later in the evening Allen realized something was wrong. When she saw the picture of the twins she immediately noticed their contrasting appearances.
“One, his skin tone was much fairer than the other. One looked full Chinese, the other didn’t look full Chinese,” she said. “It was very clear that they were not identical … but I didn’t ask questions.”
Nearly a month after Allen gave birth, she received a message from Mrs. Liu, which included a picture of the twins.
“They are not the same, right?” Liu's message said. “Have you thought about why they are different?”