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Many people following the Baby Gammy ordeal were undoubtedly ecstatic to learn that he was recently granted Australian citizenship and with this citizenship, access to healthcare.
As many already know, Baby Gammy was born via a Thai surrogate and was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. His healthy twin sister, Pipah, was taken home by Australian intended parents, David and Wendy Farnell. The parents chose not to take Baby Gammy and left him behind
There was a global outcry. A situation such as this is rare and heart-wrenching, but Baby Gammy’s future is looking brighter.
He’s thriving under the love and care of his surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua, 21.
According to the BBC, “Surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua said she sought Australian citizenship to safeguard Gammy’s future. Gammy, who turned a year old in December 2014, is eligible for Australian citizenship because David Farnell is his biological father.” The report goes on to say, “He will now have access to healthcare in Australia and is eligible for an Australian passport.”
Along with Down’s syndrome, Baby Gammy was also diagnosed with a congenital heart condition at the time of his birth. These particular health issues must be dealt with as well as assessing any new challenges on the medical horizon. Securing medical care in Australia is a huge achievement and justly deserved for Baby Gammy.
The BBC also states that Baby Gammy garnered donations worldwide. These monies are being managed by an Australian-based charity. To date, these funds have helped pay for hospital bills and new home for Chanbua and her family.