Australian family refuses Down Syndrome baby from Thai surrogate

The couple refuses to take a baby from their Thai surrogate after it is revealed he has Down Syndrome. They took his healthy twin.

Garmy Janbua
Garmy Janbua

CHONBURI PROVINCE, THAILAND (SEVEN NETWORK/CNN) — There’s a happier ending in store for a baby in the center of an international controversy.

An Australian couple hired a woman in Thailand to carry their baby.

The women ended up with twins and when it was revealed the boy twin had Down Syndrome, the parents said they didn’t want him.

The surrogate mother was left with crippling medical bills, but now, things are looking up.

Being born with a heart defect hasn’t stopped this special little boy from capturing the love of perfect strangers.

While Garmy is recovering in hospital, his surrogate mother received a life-changing phone call.

Janbua is no longer facing crippling medical bills alone.

“Thank you so much, I have no words for this. Everyone is very generous. I can’t say anything but thank you – thank you very much,”said surrogate mother Pattharomon Janbua.

Gammy’s Australian parents abandoned him, only claiming his healthy twin sister.

But when the 7-month-old’s story made headlines yesterday, Aussies dug deep.

“The family, I think are both delighted and a little overwhelmed even is the appropriate state that they’re in,” Baines said.

24 hours ago the fund had raised 60-thousand dollars.

Tonight, it has more than doubled to 150-thousand.

“I guess it illustrates some of the pitfalls involved in this particular business. It’s a very sad story,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

Pattharamon agreed to the surrogacy worth almost 12-thousand dollars.

But as a Buddhist, she refused an abortion when the biological parents found out their son had Down Syndrome.

There’s now a nervous wait for the other Australian parents currently involved in around 400 similar pregnancies as the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs examines the Thai surrogacy trade.

For this family, the ties of a mother and son will always bind.

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