Meg and Bob welcomed to our lives and hearts Tobias Jai, born 29 June 2010, New Delhi India. On 25 June, 2012 our daughter Mishali was born - we are doubly blessed. Our eternal gratitude to our surrogates Rani and Mrs M. We had tried with two international donors, and two clinics before achieving success with the birth of our son Toby in 2010.
Hyderabad: A city infertility clinic, which failed to mention the clause of surrogacy in the birth certificate of a baby, has put an Indian couple settled in the US in trouble. Their one-and-half-year-old baby girl is now left stranded as both her US and Indian passports have been cancelled.
The parents are now running from pillar to post to prove the child’s identity as the regional passport authorities have issued a DNA test notice. A Hyderabadi pair, based in the US, had their first child through surrogacy in a infertility clinic in the city about a year-and-half ago.
The clinic authorities had not mentioned the clause of surrogacy in the birth details, following which the GHMC had issued the certificate stating the names of the biological parents and not the surrogate parents.
The NRI parents then made an Indian passport for the child and returned to the US. The couple produced the same birth certificate stating they are the actual parents and made a US passport for the child.
Few weeks ago, the couple approached the Indian Embassy in the US for a visa. After verification, the embassy found two identification cards of the child, following which the embassy cancelled the Indian passport.
The couple, who is currently in the city, approached the US Consulate General in Hyderabad, for a visa to Singapore. While being questioned, the couple revealed about the surrogacy, after which the Consulate cancelled the US passport of the child pointing out the nationality issue.
The couple was then asked to reapply for an Indian passport. Dr K. Srikar Reddy, regional passport officer, said, “The biological mother approached the office last week and she revealed that the girl child was a surrogate baby. We will ask the couple to perform a DNA test and prove a link. If no link is found, the parents will have to follow the adoption process only then a passport will be issued to the baby.”
I guess the moral to the story is, always declare births through surrogacy as such or it could come back to bite you later. I wonder if anyone who went through the system when US Embassy didn't ask for DNA proof of genetic link between one parent and baby will be similarly affected.