Father Forced to Choose Between His Wife and Son with Down Syndrome
It's an impossible decision that no one should ever have to make. Samuel Forrest’s son was born with Down syndrome about a month ago and his wife forced him to make an impossible decision: Her or the baby.
ABC News reports that Leo Forrest was born on Jan. 21 in Armenia.
“They took me in see him and I looked at this guy and I said, he’s beautiful — he’s perfect and I’m absolutely keeping him,”
He then took Leo into the hospital room to see his mother and her reaction was not what he thought it would be...
Samuel said "I got the ultimatum right then....she told me if I kept him, then we would get a divorce"
Samuel Forrest is from New Zealand and he wanted to keep their son. As a result, he was no longer welcomed to stay in his wife’s family home in Armenia. His wife filed for divorce a week after the baby was born.
Shortly after, a GoFundMe account was set up to help Forrest take his son to New Zealand where he would be accepted into society.
The original goal was $60,000, as of late Friday morning, the page had raised over $333,000.
Here's what Leo’s support team posted their GoFundMe page when they found out that their goal had been reached:
Thanks everyone – we are stunned beyond words at the incredible support & love you’ve shown for little Leo. 9 days after we started our campaign, Leo and I found out in the wee hours of morning that we had crossed our target! He is a lucky guy to have the support of thousands of friends like you around the world.
Some of the additional funds that we have raised will be used to secure better living conditions in Auckland, and to give Leo higher quality opportunities when it comes to education – a good home and school cost money, but Leo will have all that and more, thanks to you.
We will use some of the money you’ve given to fund facilities and programs here in Armenia that will support future parents to keep their kids despite all disabilities, and to help better care for the special ones who end up away from their Mom & Dad. We’d also like to share the surplus funds with the only orphanage in Armenia that regularly takes abandoned Down Syndrome babies as well as other organisations that can help these children – thanks to your support we can start to make a difference already
Thanks again for your care and generosity