Sunday 28 December 2014

Mother rejected disabled twin because she was a 'dribbling cabbage,' says surrogate

The biological mother took the healthy boy but refused to take his twin sister, saying: 'No one would want to adopt a disabled child'

Keith Perry

Published 26/08/2014 | 09:54

A BRITISH surrogate mother of twins, one of whom was born disabled, has said the intended mother rejected the unhealthy child, referring to her as a "dribbling cabbage".

The mother, also British, took the healthy boy but refused to accept his twin sister because of her severe muscular condition Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy, the Sun reported.

The surrogate mother, referred to as Jenny, had given birth to the twins for a couple in a £12,000 agreement and has raised the separated sister.

The surrogate mother said: "I'll never forget what she said on the phone.

"I remember her saying to me, 'She'd be a f****** dribbling cabbage! Who would want to adopt her? No one would want to adopt a disabled child'.

"I was shocked.

"I could not believe what I was hearing."

Two embryos were implanted into the surrogate mother's womb and a few weeks after becoming pregnant she learned she was carrying twins.

The surrogate mother said: "I got into surrogacy because I wanted to help a mother who couldn't have children.

"But I feel very angry because of what she's done to the baby girl.

"I'm glad she is miles away and I'll never see her in the street.

"I hate the couple for what they did."

The surrogate mother said her partner had to retrain for another career and take a pay cut so that he could spend more time at home with the disabled girl.

She added: "It's affected us financially and I had to make sure that if something happened to me they would be provided for."

The latest revelation follows the international outcry over baby Gammy who was left with his Thai surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua by Australian couple Kate and Adam Osborne because he had Down's Syndrome.

They denied the claims, saying that 21-year-old Ms Chanbua had demanded to keep the child.

Jenny and her partner are now bringing up the girl with their other children.

Jenny said: "We and Amy are living proof what happened with Gammy in Thailand can happen here in Britain."

Jenny’s partner, named as Mark said: "How could we possibly sign over to somebody showing a disregard of the child's health?"

The two couples subsequently attended mediation meetings with the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. It gives an independent assessment to help judges hearing child custody and care cases. Although those hearings are confidential, The Sun reported that the intended parents expressed concerns about Amy's disability and their desire to take her on. The couples agreed Jenny and Mark would keep Amy and the boy would stay with the intended parents.

They brought Amy home and she lives happily with them. Jenny said: "Amy is 100 per cent our daughter.

I love her as much as my other children. "I wouldn't change anything.”

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