A new father in Armenia is seeking financial help that he says will go toward raising his newborn son. Samuel Forrest told ABC News that after doctors there determined his son Leo had Down syndrome, his wife gave him an ultimatum: her or the baby.
Forrest says he chose the baby, and a week after the boy's birth, his wife filed for divorce.
Forrest said hospital officials didn't let him or his wife see the child after he was born. The father had waited outside the birthing room. He said that hospital staff walked by him with the baby, whose face was covered, before doctors came to tell him, "There's a real problem with your son."
Forrest went in the room and that's when he says his wife told him she didn't want to raise a child with Down syndrome, ABC News is reporting.
Forrest says he is now raising money so that he can return to New Zealand, where he grew up and where he says he will have support from relatives. His Go Fund Me campaign was approaching $300K at the time of publication. The crowdfunding page appears to have been set up in Yerevan, Armenia. He hopes to raise enough so that he'll be able to work just part-time in the first year of Leo's life.