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Australian couple leave disabled baby with Thai surrogate: Reports

Published on Aug 1, 2014 10:46 PM
 
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

BANGKOK (AFP) - 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.

Pattaramon Chanbua from Chonburi province, southeast of Bangkok, agreed via an agent to be a surrogate for the couple for a fee of A$16,000 (S$18,500), giving birth to twins - a boy and a girl - in December, according to press reports.

But when the Australians discovered the boy, named Gammy by his surrogate family, had Down's Syndrome they abandoned him in Thailand and returned to Australia with only the healthy girl, Australia's ABC said.

"The money that was offered was a lot for me. In my mind, with that money, one, we can educate my children, two, we can repay our debt," said Pattaramon, already a mother to two children, in an interview with the broadcaster in Chonburi.

 
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