The story behind Dr. Vicki Belo and Haydn Kho;s biological child named Scarlet Snow
Update: Dr. Vicki Belo and Dr. Hayden Kho got married in a civil ceremony on June 21, 2017. They had a grand wedding in Paris, France on September 2, 2017. Meanwhile, Scarlet Snow has become a social media star with 1.4 million followers on her Instagram account.
A few days ago, Dr. Victoria “Vicki” Belo and partner Dr. Hayden Kho introduced their daughter named Scarlet Snow via social media.
Though most people congratulated them, some followers asked if Scarlet Snow is the couple’s real child.
A lot of people said they never saw Dr. Belo get pregnant. Well, that could not be possible. The country’s top dermatologist maybe young-looking but she is already 59 years old, with her child-bearing years behind her.
But in this day and age, nothing’s impossible, so they say.
In case you’re still doubting, Belo herself issued a statement on ABS-CBN’s Bandila last May 18 regarding her child. She said that Scarlet Snow is “100 per cent our daughter”.
Scarlet Snow was conceived through a costly procedure called in vitro fertilization (IVF). Just so you know, “in vitro” literally means “in glass”.
IVF is an assisted reproductive technology wherein the woman’s egg and a man’s sperm are joined in a laboratory dish. The technology has been around since 1978, when the world’s first “test tube baby” named Louise Brown was born.
To make it clearer, Belo’s egg cell was fertilized by Kho’s sperm in a laboratory dish. The fertilized egg was then implanted in a surrogate mother, who bore Scarlet for 9 months in her womb. Ricky Lo’s Funfare sources said the whole procedure cost $200,000.
Belo revealed that contrary to earlier reports, they met with Scarlet Snow’s surrogate mom, who is an American-Mexican. In her statement on Bandila, she said, “It’s not true that we don’t know her. We visited the family to make sure that they were a happy family and ate well. We even stayed with them at the 5th month and for one month awaiting Scarlet’s birth.”
Scarlet Snow was born March 3, 2015 but Dr. Belo and Hayden opted to keep it a secret., making it known only to a select group of friends. Her baptism in July last year, was also kept below the radar, even when some celebrities like Anne Curtis, Jodi Sta. Maria, Dyan Castillejo, Kim Atienza, Ogie Alcasid, and Manny V Pangilinan stood as godparents.
Lo revealed in an article on Philstar that he and Lolit Solis were among the few who were invited to Scarlet Snow’s baptism in July last year at the Santuario de San Antonio. She was four months old at that time.
Prior to the formal introduction of Scarlet Snow to the public on May 15, Kho and Dr. Belo already shared Scarlet Snow’s first endorsement for Belo Baby products on April 28. They did not say in their posts, however, that the cute baby in the ad is their daughter.
In the May 21 interview on CNN Philippines’ Leading Women with Angel Jacob, Belo said that the Baby Belo product line, was originally made for Scarlet Snow. They tried to get Marian and Dingdong’s Baby Z as an endorser but ended up using Scarlet Snow for the ad, since the product , which is 100 per cent natural and zero per cent synthetic, “was really made for her”.
Hayden posted three more videos of Scarlet Snow, before sharing a photo wherein he formally introduced his daughter. Along with the father and daughter photo, he posted this message:
I guess God knew fatherhood would change me completely and bring me closer to being the kind of man He always wanted me to be, so He sent me and Vicki an angel who is to be our lifelong inspiration. Ladies and gentlemen, meet our daughter, Scarlet Snow.@scarletsnowbelo
On the same day that he posted his announcement, Belo posted a cute solo photo of Snow, with the following message:
This is the sunshine of our lives . Meet our baby @scarletsnowbelo. It’s amazing how this little girl has affected @dochayden and my life in such a positive way.
Now if you’re wondering where Hayden and Belo got such a unique name for their baby, Ricky Lo said it came from this verse in the Bible:
Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.”
It’s plain to see that both Dr. Belo and Hayden are ecstatic over having a kid. Though Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho’s wedding did not happen at once because of the age gap and because Vicki doubted if Hayden was really ready for it, she was more than willing to share her genes to have a child with him.
In the CNN interview, Belo said “I can say this is really probably the most joyous part of my life. Because now I really have everything, I have a real Belo baby and her name is Scarlet Snow Belo and so she’s also gonna be Dr. Belo in 28 years so there will be continuity. I really want a baby… it’s a long, complicated story but it all got together and in the end I know God blessed it because it all went perfectly.”
Belo also added that Scarlet Snow inspires her, “to do even more, to stay healthy, to stay alive because I need to be there for her”.
Scarlet Snow Belo will now change her name to Scarlet Snow Belo Kho because of the marriage between Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho. She announced this in an Instagram post, and her father Hayden Kho also stated the change of name in a video posted on his Instagram account.
The wedding of Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho proved just how popular Scarlet Snow has become via Instagram. Wedding guests as well as her fans in Paris showed their excitement in seeing or meeting her in person. Scarlet Snow is a certified Instagram star, thanks to her huge following on Instagram.