Fans of the sitcom Friends will remember the eccentric character Phoebe Buffay who agrees to be a surrogate for her brother and sister-in-law, and ends up being pregnant with triplets!
While it made for a very entertaining storyline, in reality, it is great that advancements in fertility medicine has allowed couples to have biological children using surrogacy, when getting pregnant themselves is not possible. But as one can imagine, the process is anything but simple.
In addition to the laws and expense of entering into a surrogacy agreement with a woman, there is the added anxiety of having someone else carry one's child. The blind trust in making sure the surrogate mother is not just doing it for the money, but also takes good care of her body - and therefore the growing fetus, can be difficult to say the least.
Jessica Allen was ready to take on the challenge however, when she agreed to be a surrogate for a couple from China.
Jessica already had two children of her own with husband Wardell Jasper, and knew that helping someone else experience the same fulfillment of parenthood would be a privilege for her. The hefty fee of $30,000 in return of her services would also mean being able to stay at home with her kids.
During a routine OB exam, Jessica soon found out that she was carrying two babies. The couple was certainly overjoyed to become parents to two babies instead of just one. Jessica continued to take care of her body and soon delivered the twins. While the babies were certainly healthy, Jessica noticed how very different they looked.
Sure enough, a month after, Jessica and Wardell received the most surprising text of their lives from the Chinese mom...
A DNA test had revealed that one of the babies was actually their own biological son.
Jessica had undergone what is known as Superfetation. After getting pregnant with the other couple's embryo, she herself had continued to ovulate. Not only were the babies not twins, they were also conceived about three-weeks apart according to the doctors. In an interview with Inside Edition who shared the bizarre turn of events, Wardell said:
"They were in separate sacks. One baby came out black-and-white, and one baby came out Chinese."
After going through even more legal work, Jessica and Wardell were able to bring their son, whom they named Malachi, home. Now, their home of five seems like the perfect little family. Wardell happily shared that:
"We are definitely grateful he is with us. He is walking, he is trying to talk. He's smart, he is goofy, and we love him to death."