Man Forced to Choose Between His Wife and His Newborn Baby with Down Syndrome

Man Forced to Choose Between His Wife and His Newborn Baby with Down Syndrome February 6, 2015

From ABC News:

When Samuel Forrest of Armenia heard a baby crying from outside his wife’s hospital room, he knew his life would change forever.

Not only had he become a father, but he would soon receive some unexpected news about his newborn son.

“This pediatrician walks out of the room with a little bundle — that was Leo,” Forrest said. “She had his face covered up and hospital authorities wouldn’t let me see him or my wife. When the doctor came out, he said ‘there’s a real problem with your son.’

Forrest followed doctors and nurses into a room where he’d finally get to meet his baby.

“When I walked into the room they all turned to me and said ‘Leo has Down syndrome,” he told ABC News. “I had a few moments of shock.”

After the news had sunk in, Forrest held Leo for the very first time.

“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.”

Soon Forrest walked into his wife’s hospital room with Leo in his arms.

Her reaction was unlike one he ever expected.

“I got the ultimatum right then,” he said. “She told me if I kept him then we would get a divorce.”…..

….”What happens when a baby like this is born here, they will tell you that you don’t have to keep them,” [Forrest] said. “My wife had already decided, so all of this was done behind my back.”….

….Despite his wife’s warnings, Forrest said he never had a doubt in his mind that he would hold onto his son.

Read the rest of the story at ABC News. Forrest also has a GoFundMe page to raise money so he can help support his son.

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