The woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby boy who has Down syndrome is fighting back at her husband’s claims, stating it’s “absolutely not true.”
Ruzan Badalyan gave birth to her son Leo – with husband Samuel Forrest – on Jan. 21 in Armenia. That’s when Forrest claimed his now ex-wife and her family decided to abandon their son because she was too ashamed of his condition.
(Photo Credit: Bring Leo Home - GoFundMe)
As ‘Life & Style’ reported, Forrest said to 'ABC News,' "What happens when a baby like this is born [in Armenia], they will tell you that you don't have to keep them. My wife had already decided, so all of this was done behind my back."
(Photo Credit:Bring Home Leo - GoFundMe)
But Badalyan paints a much different story on Facebook. In a post, she wrote the day her son was born was “the happiest day for me.”
“The first thing that came to my mind after the diagnosis was that I don't want my child to live in a country where certain stereotypes dominate the lives of people with DS (Down syndrome) and no opportunities at all," she said.
She also confirmed that she did file for divorce from her husband during this terrible time: “In the hardest moment of my life when my husband should be next to me and support and help to take the right decision, I could not find any support from his side.”
After the divorce, Forrest chose to keep their son. He then started a GoFundMe page, ‘Bring Leo Home,’ where he raised $60,000 in less than 24 hours and has since raised more than $466,000.
Ruzan and Forrest during happier times. (Photo Credit: ABC News)
"After that incident, he left the hospital notifying me hours later that he was taking the kid with him, that he is going to leave the country for New Zealand and I do not have anything to do with the situation,” she wrote.
"Without giving me any option and trying to find with me any solution in this hardest situation, he started to circulate the story on every possible platform without even trying to give me a voice, accusing that I put him an ultimatum marriage or the baby, which is absolutely not true."
In the long message, Badalyan admitted that Armenia has no extensive social infrastructure to help children with disabilities. Along with no government support, she “would not be able to raise [her] child with special needs.”
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