Woman Finds Out She Got Pregnant WHILE Already Pregnant
One woman's offer to be a surrogate turned into a heartbreaking nightmare after a rare medical occurrence caused her to fall pregnant while already pregnant.
Jessica Allen entered into a contract with a Chinese couple in 2016 and, after undergoing IVF, was soon expecting their baby.
But at her six week scan, it was revealed that Jessica was pregnant with twins; after renegotiating her contract, Jessica's fee increased to $35,000 and she gave birth via caesarean in December last year.
Strangely, Jessica thought, both babies were whisked away before she could see them.
"It was written in my contract that I was allowed an hour with the newborns before they were discharged from the maternity unit - just to check on how they were doing," the 31-year-old told The New York Post.
"But Mrs Liu and the babies, Mike and Max, had already left the hospital.
"I hadn't even gotten a glimpse of the twins when they were removed from my womb and taken to the neonatal intensive care unit.
"The next day, their mom paid me a 10-minute visit and showed me a picture on her cellphone.
"'Wow! They look different', I told her before she snatched back the device."
The reason the two boys looked different was because they weren't actually biologically related; incredibly, Jessica had fallen pregnant naturally with her now-husband Wardell after the IVF cycle in an incident called superfetation.
According to DNA, Mike was the biological son of the Lius while Max was Jessica and Wardell's child.
"Not once during the pregnancy did any of the medical staff provided by the agency say that the babies were in separate sacs," Jessica explained.
"As far as we were concerned, the transferred embryo had split in two and the twins were identical."
The story gets even stranger; after finding out that her son had been handed back by the Lius and was being looked after by an agency staff member, Jessica was told that adoptive parents had already been lined up and that the Lius were demanding compensation.
"It was like Max was a commodity and we were paying to adopt our own flesh and blood," she said.
Eventually, after an "uphill battle", the agency finally agreed to not charge Jessica and Wardell a fee to have their own son back, and Max - now called Malachi - was able to come home.
"The moment was incredibly emotional and I started hugging and kissing my boy," Jessica remembers.
"It's now been nearly nine months since we got Malachi and he is doing well.