Surrogate baby abandoned by parents

Stuff 2nd August 2014
The Thai surrogate mother of a critically ill twin baby abandoned by his Australian biological parents says she is determined to bring him up in her impoverished village with her two children aged six and three.

“I’ll take care of Gammy on my own. I’ll not give my baby to anybody,” 21 year-old Pattharamon Janbua told Fairfax Media from a hospital outside Bangkok where six-month-old Gammy is struggling for his life.

Scores of Australians appalled at the plight of Gammy, who has Down syndrome, have offered to adopt him as an Australian funding-raising campaign for his medical bills and care topped $117,000.

Gammy is gravely ill suffering from a lung infection and needs life-saving surgery for a congenital heart condition but Ms Pattharamon, who is called “Goy,” does not have the money to pay the hospital.

A representative of the Australian charity Hands Across the Water was believed to be travelling to the hospital to assist her.

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