When 31-year-old Jessica Allen, from California, decided to become a surrogate for a couple unable to have children, she had no idea she would soon be locked in a legal battle to be able to raise her own biological son.
That’s because, in a rare circumstance, Jessica and her fiancé, Wardell Jasper, had fallen pregnant with their own baby at the same time the other couple’s embryo was transferred into her uterus.
Speaking to New York Post, Allen said she had no idea the twins she had given birth to were not related to each other until a month later.
On January 10, 2017 – nearly 30 days after babies Mike* and Max were born – the woman whose babies she carried sent Allen a picture of the boys.
This woman’s story sounds like an absolute nightmare https://t.co/tWmtSwyeop
— New York Post (@nypost) October 26, 2017
“She sent me a picture of the babies and said: ‘They are not the same, right?’ followed by, ‘Have you thought about why they are different?'” Allen told the New York Post.
The babies were remarkably different: Mike was of clear Asian descent, like his parents, while Max was half-white and half African-American.
“A week later, the boys… had DNA tests, and the agency told me the results. Mike was a biological match to the [couple], while Max had my genes.”