Jessica Allen, 31, was a surrogate mother and, like most surrogate moms, was getting paid to carry a child for another couple. Never did she think she’d be asked to shell out $22,000 to get her own baby back from the Chinese couple who were supposed to be paying her.
In December 2016, Jessica gave birth to what she believed were identical twin boys as a surrogate for a Chinese couple. The “twins” were immediately whisked away from Jessica at the hospital, but after seeing pics of the boys later side by side, it was clear one was Chinese and one wasn’t. Both Jessica and the intended mom had their doubts, but it was officially confirmed after a DNA test determined that Jessica and her husband, Wardell Jasper, were, in fact, the biologically parents to little Malachi.
This is after Omega Family Global, the surrogacy agency, assured her that although the children looked different, they were identical twins. It turns out Jessica got pregnant because of a medical condition called superfetation, when a woman ovulates during pregnancy, PEOPLE reports. She says that she and her husband followed protocol and did not have sex until she was confirmed pregnant, but didn’t know she was ovulating in the early days of the pregnancy.
However, they couldn’t bring back their Malachi just yet. Jessica was told the couple wanted up to $22,000 to hand him over! “I thought I wasn’t going to get him back because they were pressuring me to pay this money back first. Then they were saying that the intended mom was thinking about giving him up for adoption. I thought I had a child out there that I was gonna be forced to let go of all because I couldn’t buy him or because I couldn’t adopt him.”
She added, “They wanted me to buy or adopt my own child.” But after an emotionally and financially draining journey, Malachi finally got to come home to California to his parents and two older brothers. Still, the family is in debt and do not have Malachi’s birth certificate or social security card.
“We wouldn’t be able to live with ourselves knowing that [Malachi] was out there in the care of someone else," Allen said. "Knowing that for the first two months of his brand new life that he was in the arms of strangers, that breaks my heart. It’s really heartbreaking.”