Hope for Gammy: Campaign raises £80,000 for Down’s Syndrome baby Gammy Pattaramon abandoned by Australian parents and left with surrogate Thai mother Pattaramon Chanbua

£80k raised for Down's twin abandoned by parents
Money raised on the Hope for Gammy page will be used to pay for Gammy’s medical expenses (Picture: Hope for Gammy)

Thousands of pounds have been raised for a baby who was left with his surrogate mother after his parents refused to take him home because he has Down’s Syndrome.

An Australian couple have been widely criticised after refusing to take six-month-old Gammy from his Thai surrogate mother, despite accepting his twin sister who was born without Down’s.

A campaign has since been started to help the mother raise the six-moth-old baby, who also has a congenital heart condition and needs urgent medical treatment.

The Hope for Gammy campaign has already raised more than $140,000 (£83,000).

'Friends of Gammy' are overwhelmed with the generosity we have received in the helping of raising the funds for Gammy. Your support has blown us away! We would like to assure people that this is a legitimate fundraising venture. We have worked hard to ensure that we have found a reputable 'not for profit organisation' that will ensure that 100% of the funds raised for Gammy will be used for Gammy both in the long and short term.
Gammy was left in Thailand with his surrogate mother (Picture: Hope for Gammy)

Pattaramon Chanbua, 21, was reportedly paid $15,000 (£9,000) to be a surrogate for the unidentified Australian couple.

However, when one of the twins she was carrying was found to have the genetic condition the couple decided only to take the healthy child, leaving the mother to care for Gammy alone.

The Australian couple, upon learning of Gammy’s condition four months into the pregnancy, told Ms Pattaramon to have an abortion but she refused as it went against her Buddhist beliefs.

Ms Pattaramon, who already has two children, says she cannot afford to pay for the Gammy’s medical costs.

She told Australia’s ABC News: ‘The money that was offered [to be a surrogate] was a lot for me.

‘In my mind, with that money, one, we can educate my children; and two, we can repay our debt.’

She is yet to comment publicly since news of the fundraising campaign emerged.

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2 August 2014 | 9:59 am – Source: metro.co.uk

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