Couple denies abandoning surrogate-born baby

Sydney - An Australian couple has denied that they abandoned their son born with Down syndrome to a Thai surrogate.

David and Wendy Farnell said in an interview on Sunday that the boy's surrogate mother, Pattaramon Chanbua, insisted she be allowed to keep the boy and that she threatened to also keep his twin sister.

Pattaramon has accused the Farnells of leaving her with the infant boy, while taking his healthy twin back to Australia.

David Farnell told Australia's 60 Minutes that he and his wife had to return to Australia with the healthy child because they were worried that Pattaramon would insist on keeping her, too.

The case has focused global attention on the largely unregulated surrogacy industry in Thailand.

- AP
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Will Homeby 2014-08-10 04:05:30 PM
Jesus loves you
Anthoula Joshua 2014-08-10 04:45:07 PM
Then give the boy back to the couple now. Put him on the next plane to Aus. These surrogates do it for money only. They are harsh. They prey on people who are desperate to have children.
Lethiwe Motloung 2014-08-10 06:26:31 PM
The couple are lying they have abandoned that child as he is not. Did the surrogate hide with the boy as they took the healthy child
Ribaita Isoge 2014-08-10 06:36:35 PM
Why not the other way around ....why did they not take the boy and leave the healthy girl. These whites are full of crap
Rhonda Janse van Vuuren 2014-08-10 09:21:22 PM
Have you all forgotten that the father is a convicted paedophile? !
Redphi 2014-08-10 10:29:53 PM
Ozzie criminals left the defective baby ,now they are lying to save their behinds
Elizabeth Lee 2014-08-11 03:37:41 AM
sorry don't believe that story. cant be just a coincidence that they took the healthy one and she kept the one with down syndrome? the ozzies are looking for excuses to cover their backsides...