Couple back home with twins after months of legal battles

Shekhar Bhatia

A couple from London who spent £25,000 in a deal with an Indian surrogate mother are back home in East Ham with their three-month-old twins after a lengthy legal fight.

Chris and Susan Morrison saw their children, Louis and Freya, born seven weeks early on 1 March and spend their first weeks in intensive care while a dispute between Britain and India blew up over their nationality.

The family were forced to sit it out in hotels in the intense summer heat until the Indian government granted them exit visas.

Mr Morrison, 40, a marketing analyst, said: “It is so wonderful to be at home with our children. We have waited years for this.”

Mrs Morrison, 37, said: “I sometimes have to pinch myself to believe that I am holding my own children in my arms. We have been to hell and back, but it has been well worth it.”

The couple were forced into using surrogacy because Mrs Morrison, a former teacher, suffers from a rare blood disorder which caused her to miscarry. Britain does not allow commercial surrogacy and there is a shortage of volunteers.

Louis and Freya were born to Vimla, a 24-year-old Gujarati housewife who was paid £8,000 by the Morrisons in a deal arranged by a clinic in the city of Anand.

They spent another £17,000 in their efforts, including hospital fees. But the UK regarded the twins as Vimla’s children, while India recognised them as the Morrisons’.

The couple had to apply for British passports then Indian exit visas and it took weeks to sort out details while they were stuck in Jaipur and Mumbai.

Mrs Morrison said: “I am just so glad we are home in London as a family. Our prayers have been answered. The twins have caused a great deal of excitement among family and friends.”

The Morrisons are advising childless couples on what can be and emotional and legal rollercoaster.

Mr Morrison said: “We are happy to help because we know how terrible it is to not have any real prospects of becoming parents. There are many people desperate for a baby of their own.”

Anthony Brown

Anthony Brown

Attorney and Advocate at Time For Families
Who am I? On the deepest level, I am blessed. I have an amazing partner, who I have known since 1989 and been married to since 2004. I am the donor dad of two beautiful daughters who have two moms who are equally amazing. My husband and I have expanded our family through surrogacy and have a seven-year old son. I have had three careers (acting, massage therapy and the law) and I am still discovering myself. I am the Board Chair of Men Having Babies. The one thing I know for sure is that life is about trusting your instincts. Family is an instinct.
Anthony Brown