Australia May Intervene in Surrogate Baby Dispute

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Image: Thai surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua with her baby Gammy, born with Down Syndrome, at the Samitivej hospital
Thai surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua with her baby Gammy, born with Down Syndrome, at the Samitivej hospital, Sriracha district in Chonburi province on Aug. 4. The surrogate mother of a baby reportedly abandoned by his Australian parents in Thailand because he has Down Syndrome was a "saint" and "absolute hero", Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said.NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP - Getty Images

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Seven-month-old Gammy, who was born with Down syndrome and a congenital heart condition, is being cared for by his young Thai surrogate mother after his Australian biological parents left him behind in Thailand, taking home only his healthy twin sister. Now the Australian government says it is considering intervening in the case, with the country's immigration minister saying Monday that the little blond, brown-eyed boy might be entitled to Australian citizenship. Pattaramon Chanbua, a 21-year-old food vendor who has two young children of her own, says she met the Australian couple only once, when the babies were born, and knew only that they lived in Western Australia state. The couple has not been publicly identified.

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison called Pattaramon "an absolute hero" and "a saint," but said the law surrounding the case "is very, very murky." "We are taking a close look at what can be done here, but I wouldn't want to raise any false hopes or expectations," Morrison told Sydney Radio 2GB. "We are dealing with something that has happened in another country's jurisdiction."

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