Down’s Baby Abandoned With Surrogate Mother

A Thai surrogate mother has received more than 45,000 in donations to care for her baby after an Australian couple refused to take him when they found out he has Down’s syndrome.

More than 1,600 people around the world have now given money to a website set up to help six-month-old Gammy, who was born with a congenital heart condition.

His impoverished mother Pattharamon Janbua, 21, says she was offered the equivalent of 6,500 by a surrogacy agency to have a baby for an anonymous couple in Australia.

Three months after a doctor injected the Australian woman’s fertilised egg into her uterus, she discovered she was pregnant with twins.

The agency promised her another 930 to have the second child.

A month later, doctors doing routine checks discovered one of the babies had Down’s syndrome.

They told the Australian parents, who said they did not want to take the boy, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

“They told me to have an abortion, but I didn’t agree because I am afraid of sin,” Ms Pattharamon told the paper, referring to her Buddhist beliefs.

She gave birth to Gammy and his healthy twin sister in a Bangkok hospital five months later.

But the couple took only his sister back to Australia, leaving Ms Pattharamon unable to pay for critically-ill Gammy’s medical bills.

Speaking from her village in Thailand’s Chonburi province, she told the Sydney Morning Herald that when she looks at Gammy, she feels guilty and sorry for him.

“But I think this is not a bad karma … it’s good karma that make us be together,” she said.

“I would like to tell Thai women – don’t get into this business as a surrogate.

“Don’t just think only for money … if something goes wrong no one will help us and the baby will be abandoned from society, then we have to take responsibility for that.”

Ms Pattharamon says she agreed to be a surrogate mother to pay off her family’s debts and the arrangement was set up through an agency.

They said the child would be looked after by an Australian man and his Asian wife, who could not conceive a baby themselves.

Ms Pattharamon, who has not met the couple, says she is still owed 1,300 by the agency.

Her case was taken up by Thai newspapers. It sparked outrage on social media and a fund-raising campaign was organised to help her.

Shannon Castle, a poster on Gammy’s campaign page, wrote: “Down syndrome or not how can they possibly justify separating him from his twin sister?! Absolutely appalling.”

Another, Jenny Bridge, said: “Makes me feel ashamed to be an Aussie.”

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1 August 2014 | 5:45 pm – Source: orange.co.uk

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