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    Quote Originally Posted by KikkiK View Post
    ^but she's also had no qualms on publicly using her child for profit in the media. I understand she was not paid the amount she was promised by the agency, but from memory the medical Bills didn't amount to the overwhelming amount raised or the money she must be making from all these interviews. If she is really as honest as she's been making out to be and the money was just for medical bills she should not need it all. I don't trust the reporting on this at all.
    You do realise that he will have ongoing medical bills for many, many years to come (probably the rest of his life)? She was previously living in poverty, hence why she agreed to be a surrogate, and will now have to pay a lot of medical expenses - not just immediate expenses either. How can you say she won't need it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by babyla View Post
    You need a police check to do IVF.
    Not in all states. We didn't need it in NSW

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    Quote Originally Posted by KikkiK View Post
    ^but she's also had no qualms on publicly using her child for profit in the media. I understand she was not paid the amount she was promised by the agency, but from memory the medical Bills didn't amount to the overwhelming amount raised or the money she must be making from all these interviews. If she is really as honest as she's been making out to be and the money was just for medical bills she should not need it all. I don't trust the reporting on this at all.
    If I had a child with a medical condition requiring ongoing treatment that I couldn't afford, nor have the earning capacity to ever afford, I would take every penny on offer. I would also stand proud in front of anyone accusing me of milking it - if it means a better life for an innocent child then I'd stand by my actions. I would prefer to be accused of taking advantage of generosity than seeing my child die.

    So what if she gets enough money to move from a shanty town and in to an actual apartment? Improving her quality of life will only improve the quality of life for all 3 of her children.

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    I think only Vic require police check. Not in QLD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyla View Post
    You need a police check to do IVF.
    I've never had a police check ever & I've just done a round of ivf. I'm in QLD but maybe it's different in other areas/clinics?

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    Wow I had no idea you didn't need a police check Australia wide. I'm in Vic I just assumed it would be the same. Thanks for the correct info ladies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedCreamingSoda View Post
    A little off topic but does anyone know if you can have a baby in Aust via a surrogate if you are a convicted child predictor? Can you do IVF in Aust if you are?
    This story is on my mind so much. IMO little Gammy seems to be better off in Thailand with his real (although not biological) mum. She may be poor but she appears to love him very much and Gammy seems to be very connected to the other young boy I have seen in the footage (? Brother I think).
    In VIC and WA you need a national police clearance and a child protection order check to do surrogacy in Australia, well thats what we had to do for Melboune IVF and the reproductive tribunal in VIC.

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    I whole heartedly agree with the previous posters who are standing up for Gammys Thai mum who is supposedly "milking" this situation. She has loved and cared for this baby for his whole life. She could have just left him at the hospital or dumped him at a shelter. She and her family live in poverty and obviously have few money earning opportunities- I doubt she did surrogacy for the fun of it! I think this is a women who will do what is necessary for the good of her family and I would do the same. I think the major worry with the money that is generously being offered to her and Gammy is not that she will selfishly spend it on living the high life while Gammy sufferers but that people with try to take advantage of her and she may be ill equipt to manage everything that is happening (financially and emotionally). I got the impression that most donations to Gammy were going through some kind of donation agency and that they assist with the management of the funds. X

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    Did the WA couple or their lawyer make a statement yet? I saw last night that they were going to....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretched View Post
    If I had a child with a medical condition requiring ongoing treatment that I couldn't afford, nor have the earning capacity to ever afford, I would take every penny on offer. I would also stand proud in front of anyone accusing me of milking it - if it means a better life for an innocent child then I'd stand by my actions. I would prefer to be accused of taking advantage of generosity than seeing my child die.

    So what if she gets enough money to move from a shanty town and in to an actual apartment? Improving her quality of life will only improve the quality of life for all 3 of her children.
    Well said. It's not just about covering ongoing medical costs but also about financially providing for Gammy's food, clothes, education etc. he may or may not be able to live independently when he gets older and if not, his Thai mum will have ensure he has everything provided for him for the rest of his life.

    And tbh, so what if there's a little money left over? If it means upgrading and improving their families way of life, I think it's money well earnt. This Thai mum stepped up when Gammy was abandoned- she could have abandoned him too, but she didn't. She was prepared to raise him before all these donations came in. This money for Gammy makes it easier for her. I take my hat off to her.


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