Father Refused To Give Up His Son With Down Syndrome Even After His Wife Threatened Him With Divorce
Samuel Forrest and his wife Ruzan were looking forward to the birth of their son. But everything changed when Ruzan refused to raise her son, Leo, because of his down syndrome. Not only did she refuse to raise her son, but she gave Forrest an ultimatum: give up Leo, or get a divorce.
Today, a year later, both Forrest and his wife, Ruzan, are speaking out about life with their son.
“He’s generally a very happy kid. He’s got a sense of humor … in many ways he’s not really different than a lot of other children. He’s got a lot of challenges, but to bring out the best of him you have to work with him differently than you would do another child.” – Forrest
The couple was not informed that they would be expecting a son with down syndrome. It came a surprise to both Ruzan and Forrest.
“They took me in to see him and I looked at this guy and I said, ‘He’s beautiful — he’s perfect and I’m absolutely keeping him,’”
Forrest chose to keep Leo and decided to return to his native New Zealand, while Ruzan filed for divorce.
Forrest got much support when he shared his story on the internet, raising over $500,000 (U.S.) for little Leo and his dad.
“I read all the comments and there were some positive comments, but now when I look back, [they’d say] ‘Why would you leave your child?’ I didn’t like the feeling, it was really bad. I thankfully forgot about it. I am very grateful my family gave me a chance because I don’t know what I would do without them. It made me really happy. – Ruzan
Article: ABC NEWS