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Gammy: Biological parents deny wanting to leave him behind

The biological parents of baby Gammy said they wanted him as well as his twin sister but feared losing both children when the surrogate mother threatened to involve the police.

David and Wendy Farnell were criticised for leaving the seven-month-old in Thailand after finding out he had Down's syndrome, while returning home to Australia with his healthy sister Pipah.

But the pair told 60 Minutes on Australia's Channel Nine, that they had little choice but to leave Thailand after the children's surrogate mother Pattaramon Janbua had told them "if we try to take our little boy, she's going to get the police and she's going to keep both of the babies".

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Australian PM: Situation around baby Gammy is 'tragic'

Australian Prime Minister has described the circumstances around a Down Syndrome baby who was abandoned with his surrogate mother in Thailand as an "absolutely tragic human situation".

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Credit: APTN

It's an absolutely tragic human situation. I don't think there would be anyone in the country who wouldn't be really cut up about what's happening here. There are no easy answers when it comes to government, to institutional arrangements. The one shining light to come from this most unfortunate, deeply regrettable situation is there appears to have been an absolute outpouring of generosity towards baby Gammy and his mother. That's the one thing I would like to say redeems this otherwise terribly unfortunate situation.

– Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

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