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It’s a tragic situation when a child is orphaned virtually upon birth, but in a first-of-its-kind birth in China recently, a newborn was born an orphan four years after his parents died.

The baby’s parents, Shen Jie and Liu Xi, had hoped for a child, but had encountered problems conceiving. So they created several embryos in preparation for IVF, which were stored at a Nanjing hospital in deep freeze. Then, five days before one of the fertilized embryos was scheduled to be implanted, the couple was killed in a car accident in 2013.

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[DIGEST: National Geographic, NPR, HuffPo, BBC, USA Today]

As glaciers melt around the world, secrets and mysteries that remained frozen in time have been uncovered and solved. In some cases, this involves the gruesome discovery of well-preserved human bodies revealed by the receding ice.

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