One father bravely stepped up to the plate for his newborn son when he was forced to choose between his wife and the baby boy who, sadly, was born with Down syndrome. So heartbreaking.
New father, Samuel Forrest, was reportedly made to choose between his newborn son and his wife, Ruzan Badalyan. The predicament came after the couples son, Leo Forrest, was born with Down syndrome. Sadly, his wife wanted nothing to do with the infant and hoped to abandon him because she believes he brings “shame” to her culture. Thankfully, Leo’s father did not agree.
New Father Chooses Son With Down Syndrome Over Wife
Samuel is a prime example of how a father can truly be a child’s hero.
The father, who was born in New Zealand, faced an awful situation when his Armenian wife, Ruzan, chose to abandon their baby boy because he has Down syndrome.
In the Armenian culture, they heartlessly do not accept physical or intellectual disabilities which leaves countless innocent babies abandoned every year.
Thankfully, Samuel felt very differently. The moment his son was born, even after doctors warned him there was a “real problem” with the baby, all Samuel wanted to do was hold him.
“I looked at this guy and I said, he’s beautiful — he’s perfect and I’m absolutely keeping him,” he told ABC News.
Samuel tried to bring their newborn, Leo, to his mom, Ruzan, but she reportedly didn’t even want to look or touch the child, according to the fundraising page called, Bring Leo Home. How awful.
Ruzan didn’t hesitate to tell Samuel she didn’t want to keep the newborn. “I got the ultimatum right then,” he told the news outlet. “She told me if I kept him then we would get a divorce.”
Obviously, hero dad Samuel chose his baby boy over his marriage.
Samuel Has Started A Fundraising Page To Bring Leo Back To New Zealand
Since Samuel decided he wanted to return to his home country, New Zealand, and raise baby Leo there, he has run into a major financial wall.
Even though he and Leo would be surrounded by supportive loved ones there, the move will cost him a small fortune.
“I don’t have a lot, I have very little in fact. The goal is to raise enough for a year so I can get a part-time job so Leo doesn’t have to be in daycare and I can help care for him,” Samuel explained.
Hopefully, Samuel and Leo meet their goal soon and can move back to New Zealand where they will be surrounded with love.
You can help Samuel and Leo by going to the Bring Leo Home website here, and donating!
— Brittany King