Surrogate Mom Who Gets A DNA Test Is Caught Off Guard By The Results

Surrogate Mom Who Gets A DNA Test Is Caught Off Guard By The Results

When Jessica Allen volunteered to be a surrogate for a Chinese couple, she took plenty of time to prepare herself for the physical and emotional feat. She knew it would be no easy burden. However, no amount of planning could have possibly readied her for the nightmare she was about to face. At first, everything seemed to be going smoothly. Then came the ultrasound.

A Bold Decision

California resident Jessica Allen was a proud mom of two. She carried both of her own children, so she knew all the nitty-gritty details of bringing kids into the world. And if it meant helping out another family, Jessica would gladly carry a child again. “What’s the worst that could happen?” she reasoned.

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A Noble Calling

Jessica signed up to become a surrogate, all in hopes of helping a family in need while making a few bucks. She thought she found the perfect couple, who were simply desperate to create a child from their own DNA. Their struggle touched Jessica’s heart.

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Chinese Couple

The couple was from China, but since surrogacy isn’t yet legal in their country, they trekked it to the United States to find their miracle surrogate. In 2016, Jessica agreed to house their unborn child.

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The Procedure

With the help of San Diego-based Omega Family Global, it was a done deal. In April 2016, the couple’s male embryo was implanted in Jessica’s uterus via in-vitro fertilization. Everyone had their fingers crossed.

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Preparing Her Womb

To “prepare her womb” (which sounds oddly ritualistic), Jessica took estrogen and progestogen as instructed. She followed her IVF doctor’s orders to a T to ensure that the pregnancy would go smoothly. The embryo took, and everything went swell… up until the six-week mark.

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Twins!

Jessica was told she was carrying twins. One. Two. She thought there was only one baby refusing to pay rent in her uterus, so you could imagine the shock of the situation. The couple didn’t know what hit them.

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A Rare Result

The doctor explained it’s not often that a singular embryo will split, but it does happen. While Jessica was originally paid a whopping $30,000 plus expenses to carry the Chinese couple’s offspring, after they discovered she was hosting twins, she received an additional $5,000 a month.

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Healthy Infants

Moving forward, all was well with the babies. On December 12, 2016, 38 weeks into the pregnancy, Jessica gave birth to two healthy babies via c-section. Directly after the birth, doctors darted away with the babies, Jessica not even getting a mere glance at them.

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Flash of Paperwork

According to Jessica, she signed a contractual agreement that allowed her to spend an hour after the birth with the children she nurtured and cultivated for nine months. So the fact that they were immediately rushed away from her was… suspicious.

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Photo Evidence

Later that night, Jessica was shown a photo of the newborns, who doctors insisted were identical twins. When Jessica took a close look at the picture, however, something seemed very off.

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Not Quite Identical

Unless the definition of the word “identical” recently changed, Jessica just knew those little ones were not identical twins. “One, his skin tone was much fairer than the other. One looked full Chinese, the other didn’t look full Chinese,” Jessica told People.

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Physical Differences

“It was very clear that they were not identical … but I didn’t ask questions,” she continued. Jessica was undoubtedly troubled by the situation, but a case worker with the surrogacy agency guaranteed that the children were identical twins despite their polarizing physical features.

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New Home

After the birth, Jessica and her hubby, Wardell Jasper, used the hefty chunk of cash they received from the surrogacy to help pay for a new house. Just as they were prepared to move into their dream home, there was an interruption.

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Probing Text

Weeks after the birth, Jessica received a text from the intended mother with photos of the newborns. She was clearly having doubts regarding who the babies belonged to, as she probed Jessica, asking her if she noticed “that they look different.”

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Not Related

After much speculation, the babies got a DNA test, and it turned out they were 100%… not related. See, one of the infants belonged to Jessica and her husband. But how was this possible?

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Seeking an Explanation

Jessica and her husband followed the doctor’s orders, as they waited to have sex until after she was confirmed pregnant with the couple’s embryo. Well, the rare (and inconvenient) medical phenomenon superfetation had something to do with it.

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Unheard Of

Superfetation happens when a woman continues to ovulate after becoming pregnant. Understandably, Jessica had no idea this would be an issue, as the phenomenon only affects approximately 0.3% of women.

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Panic Mode

Jessica and her husband were wallowing in the most intense level of panic mode. They desperately wanted their new son home, who they named Malachi, but the Chinese couple weren’t handing over that infant until Jessica and Wardell handed over $22,000.

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Rushed Preparations

“My husband and I were panicking. We had no idea how this came about and we had no idea how we were going to prepare for a child over night. We just moved into a new house, we didn’t have any more money,” Jessica said.

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Buying Her Child

If Jessica didn’t give the couple that wad of cash soon, the intended mother threatened to put little Malachi up for adoption. “They wanted me to buy or adopt my own child,” Jessica told People.

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The Real Villain

Believe it or not, Jessica Allen wasn’t angry with the intended mother, as Jessica thought she may have been manipulated. “It’s not her fault … The agency put it in her head that I was going to try to sue her. I never said those words,” she explained.

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Frantic Messages

Things got worse once the Chinese intended mother started sending Jessica “all kinds of text messages” out of fear that she’d get sued. “We tried to get him three different times and they just kept giving us an excuse,” Jessica said. It was messy.

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Malachi Comes Home

“We tried to get him on numerous occasions, but one excuse they gave us was the intended parents didn’t want to sign over the power of attorney, so we didn’t get him,” Jessica disclosed. But in February 2017, Jessica and Wardell finally retrieved Malachi.

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A Real Toll

You’d think since reuniting with their son they’d be enjoying their completed family, but the emotional and financial stress of the situation made bliss a distant concept for Jessica and Wardell. The unlikely happening sadly put them in debt.

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Never Again

“We’re barely getting by right now and it stressed me out emotionally because this agency turned their backs on me,” Jessica said, clearly jaded. Naturally, Jessica vowed she’d never be a surrogate again.

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An Ugly Fight

The ordeal also involved ugly battles with lawyers and a brooding waiting game for Malachi’s birth certificate and social security card. The only upside of all of this was that Jessica gained a beautiful son.

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Back Where He Belongs

Though she and her husband were heartbroken that Malachi had to spend his first 10 months in the hands of flaky strangers, Jessica relayed that watching the “little man” grow has eased some of that pain and guilt.

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It Could Have Been Worse

What also helped the Allens cope was the knowledge that, in the grand scheme of things, they could’ve been separated from Malachi for much longer. After all, when it comes to assisted pregnancy, be it surrogacy or sperm donation, things can get complicated. And while things worked out in the end for the Allens, not all people are so lucky.

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Not Always A Happy Ending

For Pauline Chambless, her experience with fertility treatment took a shockingly dark turn. After putting her faith in a “professional” she believed she could trust, her pregnancy dreams quickly turned into a nightmare. But on that first day, she didn’t notice anything was off about the kind-faced man in the doctor’s coat.

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Infertility Struggles

Pauline and her husband struggled with infertility. After over a decade of failing to conceive, along with several taxing miscarriages, they could no longer bear the disappointment. So, in 1984, the couple walked into Dr. Kim McMorries’ office in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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A Caring, Polite, and Likable Doc

“He was the fertility doctor in our area. You couldn’t have asked for a more caring, polite, likable person and doctor,” Pauline said. She felt comfortable, confident, and safe working with Dr. McMorries (below). It was safe to say Pauline and her womb were in the best hands.

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Filling out Paperwork

It seemed that way, anyway. Just like any alternative methods for having a child, whether it be adoption, IVF, or utilizing a sperm donor, there was a ton of paperwork. Pauline and her husband filled out a questionnaire regarding their preferred donor features, including hair color, height, and ethnicity.

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Artificial Insemination

Before they knew it, the couple was paired with hand-selected, anonymous sperm donors that matched their desired characteristics. Pauline endured two-and-a-half years of artificial insemination appointments, praying and hoping a pregnancy would stick.

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A Supportive Doc

While this led to a handful of pregnancies, they all ended in miscarriages after about six weeks. “It was devastating,” Pauline stated. Over the course of the long, draining process, she got closer and closer to Dr. McMorries, as he was always there for emotional support.

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Building Trust

“Over that period of time, you build up trust for someone who appears to be doing his very best to try to help you conceive. I put my faith in him,” explained Pauline. And in 1986, a miracle happened.

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The Birth Of Jessica

A pregnancy finally stuck, and Dr. McMorries was there for Pauline throughout all nerve-racking nine months. “As soon as I got to the hospital in labor, he came and stayed by my side, through delivery until an hour after Jessica was born,” Pauline detailed.

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Open And Honest

Jessica was born beautiful and healthy, and Pauline and her husband never wanted to keep any secrets from her; therefore, Jessica grew up knowing she was conceived with help from a donor. So as she got older, the curious kid wondered who her biological daddio was.

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Feeling Special

“Mom was completely honest, and it made me feel special. I knew how hard she’d tried to have me,” Jessica told The New York Post. The ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s passed the family by, and in 2020, 33-year-old Jessica Stavena was determined to get some answers.

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More To The Mystery

“She also shared everything she knew about my biological father — that he was a tall medical student, with red hair who loved music. I’d often wonder if one day I’d meet him,” the medical-spa manager continued. She soon realized there was more to the mystery than just her father’s identity.

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Burning Questions

Did Jessica have any half-siblings? Did they know who their father was? Was there a genetic explanation for her own rare medical issues? Her burning questions only got more intense, and she finally did something about it in January 2020.

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DNA Test

She took a DNA test, thrilled to finally have some concrete answers. When the results came back on February 23, Jessica was so ecstatic that she called 67-year-old Mama Pauline. “My heart was pounding so hard — I could hear it,” she relayed.

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Siblings Galore

“My husband had Mom on speakerphone as I clicked to see my relatives,” Jessica said. Though her results weren’t as crystal clear as Lizzo’s, it turned out Jessica had three half-siblings: two sisters and a brother. 

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Reaching Out

Jessica was practically bursting at the seams with excitement, as she immediately hopped on Facebook and sent her half siblings friend requests. It wasn’t long before she received a message from her long-lost half sister, Eve Wiley.

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Shocking Birth Story

“Hi! Do you know the details of our birth story? Was Dr. McMorries your mom’s doctor?” Eve’s message read. While Jessica was a bit puzzled, she never could’ve expected what Eve wrote next. “I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but he is also our biological father.”

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Shell-Shocked

As you could imagine, Jessica was shell-shocked. What was Eve talking about? How could that be? After reading the message aloud to Pauline (who was still on speakerphone), she was silent. Pauline managed to shout “What!?”

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Fertility Fraud

“I just thought, ‘No, that’s absolutely impossible.’ I would never have agreed for my doctor to donate sperm,” Pauline explained. Shockingly, it was possible, as they were victims of “fertility fraud.”

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Illicit Inseminations

Indiana University law professor Jody Lyneé Madeira defines fertility fraud as “illicit inseminations — an intentional act that occurs when a doctor knowingly uses his own sperm to inseminate a female patient without her consent.” Eve learned about it in 2018.

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Confronting Dr. McMorries

She and her own mother had a very similar story to Pauline and Jessica’s, and her DNA test revealed some shocking information about her donor. When she realized her donor was actually Dr. McMorries, she confronted him. He wound up sending her a bizarre letter in response.

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“Improving” Conception Chances

He explained that he had purposely mixed his sperm with other donors’ in order to improve her mother’s chances of getting pregnant. Eve’s mother denied claims that Dr. McMorries got her permission to do so.

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A New Law

Eve testified to a Senate panel in April 2019, and that September, it officially became a sexual assault for a healthcare professional to use human sperm, eggs, or embryos from an unofficial donor in Texas. Without Eve’s nudging for the passage of Senate Bill 1259, it may’ve never happened.

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Filing Complaints

Jody Lyneé Madeira explained that when cases such as these emerge decades later, way after statutes of limitations have ended and documents have been destroyed, pressing charges isn’t an easy task. The professor even filed a complaint against Dr. McMorries with the Texas Medical Board, but sadly nothing came of it.

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Unforeseeable Hardships

“To give birth to your baby in front of your husband, while the doctor delivering her is the biological father? It blows my mind that he thought that was okay,” Pauline stated. “It breaks my heart that she wanted to find her biological father for so long. Now it’s just a hardship to her.”

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Showing Empathy

“She didn’t consent to this. Seeing his picture, I think, ‘How could he? Who made him God?’ I just can’t get past the anger and hurt for my mom,” Jessica said in frustration. The mother and daughter felt anger and sorrow for each other, clearly both empathetic individuals.

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Relatives Coming Out Of The Woodwork

After doing more digging, Jessica has found that she has a total of seven half siblings, and she only expects that number to grow as more people take DNA tests. Though Jessica’s DNA test led to a sinister discovery, she doesn’t regret it one bit.

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