Samuel Forrest, originally from New Zealand, saw his child for the first time in late January after his wife gave birth in Armenia. Just prior to meeting the baby, Forrest was told he had Down syndrome. He was shocked, however he also knew he would do his best to raise his little boy, Leo.
Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition that results in mild to severe cognitive issues. There is no cure for it, but with early intervention specialists and therapists, a child can prosper in his or her environment.
However, its not unusual for parents in Armenia to give up children born with Down syndrome. While cradling his son, Forrest walked into his wife’s hospital room and right away she told him that if he was keeping the child, she would divorce him.