This is one amazing dad.
Samuel Forrest recently experienced one of the greatest pleasures when he witnessed the birth of his son Leo in a hospital in Armenia.
However, the son was immediately diagnosed with Down Syndrome and it turned out that his wife and her family were NOT going to keep the child and instead were almost immediately going to place him in an orphanage. They made the decision while Samuel was waiting outside of the room to see his son for the first time.
But when Samuel finally held his son, he knew he couldn’t do what his wife wanted. So she gave him an ultimatum.
Here’s how Samuel explained it:
“This pediatrician walks out of the room with a little bundle — that was Leo. 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…’ When I walked into the room they all turned to me and said ‘Leo has Down syndrome.’ I had a few moments of shock. 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.”
But when he brought Leo to his wife’s room, she immediately gave Samuel an ultimatum. Here’s how he explained it:
“I got the ultimatum right then. She told me if I kept him then we would get a divorce.”
The child’s mother Ruzan Badalyan has since confirmed she did have a son with Down Syndrome and the child is now with his father, but that was all she would elaborate on!
And Samuel Forrest, who originally is from Auckland, New Zealand was shocked at the way the hospital in Armenia handled the whole situation. He said:
“What happens when a baby like this is born here, 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.”
And when the father kept his son, a week later his then-wife filed for divorce. Which is not what this father wanted! He said:
“It’s not what I want. I didn’t even have a chance to speak with her in privately about it.”
Without any support, Sam turned to GoFundMe to try and raise some funds that will allow him to have a part time job but also still help raise his son. And he also wants to erase the stigma that the words Down Syndrome has seemingly around the world.
“This really came out of the blue for me. 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. He’s lost a lot in two weeks. It’d be different if he had his mommy. After what I’ve been through with Leo, I’m not going to sit back and watch babies be sent to orphanages. As a child with Down syndrome, that becomes somewhat of a label. If we can get around this label, we’ll see that they’re normal. They’re a little different from us, but they’re still normal. They all have niches and I want to work hard to find out where Leo’s special. This little guy is great.”
We guess the little guy got it from his father who is one inspiring man!
His GoFundMe page, which originally asked for about $60,000 has already hit $311,373 and it’s still going!
Sounds like there will be a happy ending after all for this two member family!
[Image via ABC News/Samuel Forrest.]