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Thailand surrogate mum says she did not know baby had Downs until late in pregnancy

Published on Aug 3, 2014 11:56 PM

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai surrogate mother left with one twin by his Australian biological parents after the child was born with Down's Syndrome said on Sunday she was not informed of his condition until late in her pregnancy.

Ms Pattaramon Janbua said her doctors, the surrogacy agency and the baby's parents knew he was disabled at four months but did not inform her until the seventh month when the agency asked her - at the parents' request - to abort the disabled foetus.

Ms Pattaramon, 21, told Reuters Television she refused the abortion on religious grounds and carried both him and his twin sister to term six months ago. The parents, who have not been identified, took only the girl back with them to Australia.

The boy, Gammy, needs surgery for a congenital heart condition, according to media reports. An online campaign in Australia had raised nearly A$200,000 (S$232,200) in donations so far for the operation. "I want to warn those who are considering becoming a surrogate mother, don't only think about the money," Ms Pattaramon said. "If the child is born with an unusual condition or if anything goes wrong, it will become a burden for you and society."

Gammy, a baby born with Down's Syndrome, is held by his surrogate mother Pattaramon Janbua at a hospital in Chonburi province on Aug 3, 2014. According to Ms Pattaramon, his Australian parents, through a local surrogate agency, asked her at her seventh month of pregnancy to terminate because of his Down's Syndrome but she refused and kept the baby. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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