Philadelphia couple with newborn allowed to return home from Ghana

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A Philadelphia family stranded in West Africa will be heading home.

Stephen and Zara Wilcox welcomed their baby girl, Vernice, back in March via a surrogate.

But when the new family tried to return home, they were told they needed a passport for her.

In order to get a passport, they needed a DNA test at the US embassy, which was closed due to coronavirus.

The family turned to Action News after months of trying to find a solution.

On Thursday morning, Stephen told us the embassy waived the DNA test requirement and issued Vernice a passport.

The family is booked on a flight home Monday.
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