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We'd have aborted Gammy - Oz dad

THE Australian couple, accused of abandoning their surrogate baby who has Down syndrome, admitted that they would have terminated the birth.

David and Wendy Farnell came to international attention two weeks ago after they returned home to Australia with their new baby girl, Pipah, who was born via surrogacy in Thailand, but her twin brother, Gammy, was left behind.

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"If it would have been safe for the embryo to have been terminated, we probably would have terminated it," Mr Farnell said.

They had denied that they abandoned baby Gammy because he had Down's syndrome.

"I don't think any parent wants a son with a disability. [But] no, we never abandoned him.

"No, we never said to the surrogate mother to have an abortion," Mr Farnell said when asked if the couple did not want the baby.

He explained why he and his wife had left Thailand for Australia with only their baby girl.

"We didn't give up on him. The surrogate mother wanted to take our girl.

"So we had to try and get out of there as fast as we could," stated Mr Farnell (56).

It later emerged that he had a history of child sexual offences.

When asked about his past Mr Farnell said he now, "hangs (his) head in shame".

He added that he no longer has sexual urges towards children.

Speaking in an interview on Australian TV he said the couple had wanted to bring their 7-month-old son home with them to Australia.

"We wanted to bring him with us," stated Mr Farnell.

The baby boy also has a hole in his heart and is currently being treated for a lung infection in a Thai hospital.

Pattharamon Janbua, a 21-year-old Thai woman, was paid to act as an surrogate for the anonymous Australian couple.

A campaign Hope for Gammy has been set up to raise funds to care for the baby.

jfegan@herald.ie


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