You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Down syndrome baby Gammy shows surrogate industry's issues


The kindness of a 21-year-old Thai woman has captured the world's attention and brought to light a concerning issue within the country. 

Pattharamon Janbua was hired by a surrogate company to be a surrogate mother for an Australian couple. Early in her pregnancy it was discovered she was going to have twins and one of those twins has Down Syndrome. (Via BBC)

According to The Wall Street Journal, "The agent said the couple wanted her to have an abortion, and that there was a way to achieve it, but Ms. Pattharamon said she refused." Pattharamon then told the agency she would raise the child herself​.

Pattharamon: "I love him. He was in my tummy for nine months. It's my child. I love him like my own."(Via ABC Australia)

After the twins were born, the Australian couple took the little girl, but left Gammy, her twin brother, in Thailand. (Via 9 News)

Pattharamon has raised Gammy while also raising her two older children, which likely isn't an easy feat. In addition to having Down syndrome, Gammy has a congenital heart condition and a lung infection. 

Gammy's medical bills have totaled more than $141,000. Australian charity, Hands Across the Water, has been paying the bills. (Via The Sydney Morning Herald)

This GoFundMe Page has also raised more than $200,000 for Gammy. 

Australia, like many other countries, has laws prohibiting surrogacy  — prompting many couples to look to poorer nations like Thailand.

In February, 14 women were rescued from a surrogate trafficking ring in Thailand where reports say the women were forced to have babies and live inside the agency. (Via LifeSiteNews)

The Telegraph says the surrogate laws in Thailand are poorly regulated, but are strengthening as the topic has become more and more public. 

In a new development, The Sydney Morning Herald reports Thai health officials announced Wednesday, ​"The only legal surrogacy cases were those in which a married couple cannot conceive a child and engage a blood relative to carry their child."

Pattharamon says the surrogacy agency she worked with has not paid her in full yet and still owes her more than $2,000. (Via The Sydney Morning Herald)



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation World

Trump’s plan to neuter the White House press corps

Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. That’s why, according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside the White House and moving them — and news conferences...
Guide to our inauguration coverage
Guide to our inauguration coverage

The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president is Friday and we have all of the angles covered for you to keep up with this event as it happens. Some of our team of reporters are already in Washington getting ready for this week’s events. Our team in D.C. includes: WHIO-TV reporter Jim Otte will be talking with elected officials and getting...
Dating website matches Trump supporters
Dating website matches Trump supporters

One California man wants to "make dating great again" with a Trump-themed dating website. Trump Singles is a not-quite-new, but suddenly ignore-at-your-own-peril dating site is aimed squarely at supporters of the president-elect. Founder David Goss launched the site in May 2016 for "like minded" people with the same political views...
Person drives $385K Ferrari off bridge in Austin, goes airborne for 40 feet, officials say
Person drives $385K Ferrari off bridge in Austin, goes airborne for 40 feet, officials say

A person who was charged with driving under the influence drove a $385,000 Ferrari off a bridge in Austin, Texas, went airborne for 40 feet and crashed into the woods while speeding on Friday night, Austin fire officials said Tuesday. >> Read more trending stories  The driver and two other occupants had only minor injuries, fire officials...
TV star Todd Chrisley’s daughter seriously injured in car accident
TV star Todd Chrisley’s daughter seriously injured in car accident

Get-well wishes are going out to Savannah Chrisley, daughter of Todd and Julie Chrisley from the USA series “Chrisley Knows Best.” Savannah Chrisley was driving in a rainstorm Monday night when she reached down to fix her floor mat. The floor mat became wedged under the gas pedal and her car veered into a guardrail as soon as she looked...
More Stories