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Fears of Australia surrogacy ban over abandoned Down Syndrome baby

Published on Aug 2, 2014 12:30 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Reports that an Australian couple abandoned a baby with his surrogate mother in Thailand because he has Down Syndrome have raised fears Australia will ban international surrogacy, a support group said Saturday.

The boy was born to Thai woman Pattaramon Chanbua in December and while an Australian couple took his healthy twin sister, they left him behind, according to media reports.

"They (the surrogacy agency) told me to carry a baby for a family that does not have children... They said it would be a baby in a tube," Pattaramon told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The 21-year-old from Chonburi province southeast of Bangkok said she agreed to carry the child for a fee of Aus$16,000 (S$18,570) - enough to educate her own two children and pay back debts.

Well-wishers on Friday had raised nearly US$100,000 (S$124,000) 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. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM WEBSITE/GOFUNDME
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