Australian couple abandons surrogate twin with Down's syndrome but keep his sister

Australian couple abandons surrogate twin with Down's syndrome but keep his sister
Published: 2014 August 02 09:20:36 (9167 Views)
A Thai surrogate mother has received donations from across the world to provide medical treatment for her six-month-old boy, after an Australian couple refused to take the baby on learning he had Down's syndrome.

Pattharamon Janbua, 21, was left to care for her critically ill son after the Australian couple who could not have a baby paid her about £6,400 to be a surrogate mother.

The son, named Gammy, was separated from his twin sister, who is healthy and was taken by the Australians.

Mrs Pattharamon, who is married, said she became pregnant via IVF and four months later learnt that one of her children had Down's syndrome. Doctors told the Australian parents of the baby's condition, and they then said they wanted her to have an abortion.

"They told me to have an abortion but I didn't agree because I am afraid of sin," Mrs Pattharamon told Fairfax Media. She said abortion was against her Buddhist beliefs.

Mrs Pattharamon had the baby via a surrogacy agency in Bangkok and never met the couple.



"I asked the agency 'Did I have to sleep with the man?' I was an innocent young girl and I don't know about this business," she said.

"The agent told me: 'We are going to make a glass tube baby,' but I didn't understand. My husband agreed because we didn't have money to pay our debt and I didn't need to have sex with another man."

The case was revealed by a Thai newspaper which prompted a "Hope for Gammy" campaign to raise money for the baby.

Gammy needs a series of operations for a congenital heart condition.

"Six-month-old baby Gammy was born in Bangkok with Down's syndrome and a congenital heart condition," the website says. "He was abandoned by his family and is being cared for by a young Thai woman who does not have the funds for his desperately needed medical treatment."

Nicole McCafferty, a mother of two surrogate children, wrote on the website: "Greedy, selfish people".

The campaign has raised about £32,000.



Source - Telegraph

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