This story is proof that sometimes miracles can come out of disastrous situations.
In 2014, wounded NYPD cop Wenjian Liu lay in a Brooklyn hospital and doctors asked his distraught wife if she wanted her husband’s semen preserved so that she might someday give birth to his child.
Liu’s wife, Pei “Sanny” Xia Chen said yes, and on Tuesday, two-and-a-half years after Liu’s murder, his widow gave birth to their daughter. Sanny named the baby “Angel” as a tribute to her slain husband, whose police hat is now next to her bed at the hospital where she gave birth.
The NYPD posted a photo of Chen and Angel on their Facebook and wrote: “NYPD ANGEL. Sanny Liu, the widow of Detective First Grade WenJian Liu, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, named Angelina, on July 25, 2017. Through the miracle of modern science, Sanny was able to give birth to her late husband’s baby, nearly two years after his death. Detective Liu and Sanny had always planned on having children, but their plans were tragically disrupted on December 20, 2014, when Detective Liu was killed in the line of duty.”
“Remarkably, Sanny never doubted, from the start of this journey, that she would be having a daughter. The night of the incident, she requested that her husband’s semen be preserved, so that she might, one day, have his child. The night after Detective Liu passed away, she had a dream, in which he handed her a baby girl,” the post continued.
Sanny was able to get pregnant through in-vitro fertilization and Sanny told her friend, “It’s going to be a baby girl.” Sure enough, Sanny was right and now Detective Liu’s legacy continues.
“Sanny can’t wait to tell Angelina that her father was a hero,” the NYPD wrote. “She is also eager to introduce her daughter to the New York City Police Department that she lovingly refers to as her big blue family.”