Irish dad stranded in Mexico appeals for help to bring his three surrogate babies home
Published 30/03/2016 | 10:52
A gay couple are appealing for help to bring their three surrogate babies stranded in Mexico home to New Zealand.
David Beard (41) and his husband Nicky Leonard Beard (32), who is originally from Ireland, celebrated the birth of their 'triplings' Lachlan, Kelly and Blake born to two surrogate mums in Mexico last month.
The couple live in Auckland, New Zealand and are believed to be one of the last gay couples to use international surrogates to give birth to their children as Mexico has recently tightened its IVF laws.
However, now the couple are calling on the New Zealand and Mexico governments to cut through the red tape and allow them to come home.
They identified themselves on 'Stuff' website in New Zealand in a bid to raise awareness of their situation.
"David, Nicky, Lachlan, Blake and Kelly simply want to come home to their family," they have stated as part of their appeal.
The three babies were born in an arrangement with their parents and an Argentinian egg donor.
Now the couple want to bring their children home from Villahermosa, Tabasco in Mexico.
Fairfax reported that the Mexican government had assured the Beards that they would be allowed take the children out of the country despite the new rules, as the two surrogates were already pregnant.
But their case became complicated after the couple claimed the Cancun adoption agency disappeared with the money that had sent for medical bills, legal costs and surrogate care.
They have also since claimed the children were born in unhygienic conditions and they are eager to bring them home.
David, a prominent lawyer and owner of an Auckland law firm, and Nicky have enlisted well-known family lawyer Margaret Casey QC to help fight their case.
They are also asking the New Zealand immigration minister to intervene so the children can have New Zealand passports issued immediately by the embassy in Mexico City, rather than wait for Mexican passports.
The New Zealand Government said they are aware of the couple's case and have provided advice.