Almost all couples dream of having a baby once they get married. Unfortunately for this woman, her dream of being a mom was suddenly cut short when her husband died just 3 months into their marriage. But his death didn’t stop her from fulfilling her dreams of bearing her husband’s child.
Pei Xia Chen’s husband, 32-year-old officer Wenjian Liu, was a New York Police Department’s (NYPD) officer who was shot and killed on December 2014 as he sat inside the patrol car along with another police officer.
Because Chen really wanted to have his child, he asked for her husband’s sperm to be frozen so that she could still have the chance to conceive despite his absence.
After three years of trying to have a baby, Chen eventually gave birth to a healthy baby girl whom she named Angelina on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.
According to Chen, she had a dream about her husband on the night of his death. In the dream, her deceased husband handed her a baby girl which is why she believed that she could still bear his child.
“I told my friend, ‘It’s going to be a girl.’ My friend said, ‘No, you haven’t even checked the sonograms.’ But I was right,” Chen said.
Liu’s mother believed that Angelina was like an angel sent to them by her son.
“She looks like my daughter-in-law. But this part, the eyes, and the forehead, looks like my son. The top of the face looks like my son. The bottom looks like her mother. The head looks exactly like my son. I see my son in her,” she joyfully said.
Chen also added that at first, she didn’t tell her in-laws about her plan. She only told them about her pregnancy when her results came out positive.
“She kept trying, but she was worried about them worrying about her. So she didn’t tell them until it was successful,” Susan Zhuang, chief of staff for Assemblyman William Colton said in an interview.
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