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Australia queries 'moral responsibility' over abandoned Down Syndrome baby

Published on Aug 3, 2014 12:30 PM
 
Well-wishers have raised nearly US$180,000 (S$224,400) for a baby reportedly left with his surrogate Thai mother after his Australian parents discovered he had Down’s Syndrome and returned home with his healthy twin sister. Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday, August 3, 2014, that a question of "moral responsibility" should determine the fate of the baby. -- PHOTO: HOPE FOR GAMMY CAMPAIGN

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday a question of "moral responsibility" should determine the fate of a baby born with Down Syndrome, reportedly abandoned by an Australian couple with its surrogate mother in Thailand.

Morrison's comments came as funds raised online by an Australian charity to pay for the infant's medical care rose above US$180,000 (S$224,400) after a flood of international goodwill for the infant's plight spurred donations from more than 4,500 people.

The boy, Gammy, and a twin sister were born to Thai woman Pattaramon Chanbua in December after she was reportedly paid A$16,000 (S$18,576) to be a surrogate.

An unnamed Australian couple took the sister, who was healthy, but left Gammy behind, according to media reports.

 
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