A New Zealand gay couple say they are stranded in Mexico and unable to fly home with their newborn triplets, born to surrogate mothers.
Nicky and David Beard believe they have been abandoned by their adoption agency and they’re unable to get passports for their children Lachlan, Kelly and Blake and fly them to New Zealand, Stuff.co.nz reported.
“We have spent every cent we have left to bring these three beautiful Kiwi babies into the world. We now need to get ourselves and the three babies out of this dangerous country and back to the safety of New Zealand,” one of the fathers wrote online.
“Although I should be feeling blessed as a proud father, instead I feel ashamed, embarrassed, humiliated and humbled to be compelled to send out this post to my respected friends and colleagues.”
International surrogacy was banned in Mexico in December last year but Stuff.co.nz reported the couple were told they would be able to take the children home because the surrogate mothers were already pregnant.
The couple’s “triplings” are two baby boys and one baby girl born from the sperm of one of the fathers and egg donors. Two surrogate mothers carried the babies, with one of them giving birth to twins.
One of the newborns had post-birth medical complications and required $NZ118,132 worth of hospital care, leaving the couple deep in debt.
A friend of the couple has set up a givealittle.co.nz crowdfunding page to offer financial help to the couple.
“We now hope that with your help they can move things along and get their beautiful new family home to the safety of New Zealand,”said Grace Nixon, one of the couple’s friends.
Paula Atrill from New Zealand’s Ministry of Social Development said the government was aware of the case and had provided advice to the family.
“Their situation is typical of many international surrogacy cases. They can be highly complicated, involving other countries’ laws and procedures and involve a high degree of uncertainty,” she said.