The child was conceived through IVF and Jackson had donated his sperm for the procedure. "Michael wanted a designer baby. He had two wonderful children but wanted one more and was quite specific on the gene pool he wanted to tap into," a close friend of Jackson said. MJ had chosen Helena after reviewing her background and family history.
"He chose Helena because she had a latino background but she was also a US citizen and had quite fair skin," said the friend. "He liked her because she was very attractive and seemed stable and intelligent. She was a nurse or medical assistant, which he also liked. "She was around 5ft 4ins, slim, aged around 30 and had long, dark, straight hair. He said she was strait-laced, almost a girl next door type," the friend added.
However, despite careful selection over the surrogate mum, little of her genetic attributes will have been passed on to Blanket for an unknown woman was the egg donor. The woman was paid a mere 3,500 dollars for her contribution and signed legal papers handing over all rights to the child. And it is highly unlikely she knows that her eggs were involved. Jackson had approached IVF specialist Dr Lila Schmidt for Blanket's birth.
Schmidt, who is bound by confidentiality rules but can talk in general terms, said: "The surrogate is the carrier of the baby. The biological mom is the egg donor. "The surrogate has no connection to the child. It's not their kid. On the birth certificate you can say whoever you want. That's why you hire an attorney. "The birth certificate can say Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse but there might not be any genetic relationship to the child."
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