Gammy media storm in sleepy WA street
Residents of the usually-quiet Mossop street in Bunbury, Western Australia, want the saga about baby Gammy and his biological parents to end.PT1M37S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3de59 620 349 August 8, 2014
The Thai surrogate mother of baby Gammy says she will refuse to accept money that Channel Nine has offered to interview the boy’s Australian biological parents.
"I don’t want money from them," Pattharamon Janbua said after learning the couple are set to break their silence over the international scandal on the 60 Minutes program on Sunday night. "I don’t need their help."
"I don't need their help": Pattharamon Janbua says she does not want any money from the biological parents of baby Gammy. Photo: Reuters
David and Wendy Farnell from Bunbury in Western Australia have agreed to the interview in return for the television show donating an undisclosed amount of money to an appeal for Gammy that has so-far raised $240,000.
"I want to pass on a message to that couple … I don’t need your sympathy or your money," Ms Pattharamon said. "Your words are hurting Gammy enough. I want to tell them, 'Don’t try to pretend to feel sorry for me and want to help now'.
"Where were you when I needed help?"
Questions: Local rangers outside the Farnells' home in Bunbury, Western Australia. Photo: Getty Images
Ms Pattharamon, who is known as Goy, has checked Gammy out of hospital in Chonburi province and is staying in secret accommodation in Bangkok, rebutting an attempt by a government funded agency to take Gammy to an orphanage.
She is upset about comments made by a friend of the Farnells that the couple left Gammy and took his twin sister to Australia because they had been told the boy would die within 24 hours.
Ms Pattharamon is also furious with Kamonthip Muskawong, the agent who brokered the surrogacy, who has called her a liar for saying she has not been fully paid.
"They both attacked me," she said. "My family is now living under pressure. I have been telling the truth all along and now I have nothing to say. I believe the truth will stand and those who lie will fall."
Ms Pattharamon said the Farnells "can fool the public but they can’t fool themselves".
"Some day they will feel sorry for it," she said.
Tom Malone, the executive producer of 60 Minutes, said Mr and Mrs Farnell will not directly receive money for the interview that is expected to attract a huge audience.
"We never comment on any commercial arrangements between 60 Minutes and our interview subjects but given the nature of this story, it's important our viewers know that no money has been or will be paid to the parents," Mr Malone said.
"60 Minutes will be making a donation to the charity Hands Across the Water, which is raising money for Gammy’s ongoing treatment and care," he said.
Mr Farnell, a convicted paedophile, and his wife have gone to ground since news of the scandal broke. The only family member to speak has been Mr Farnell's son who spoke to Fairfax Media on Wednesday to defend his father, whom he described as an "amazing father".
In a statement sent out on Friday morning, 60 Minutes said Mr and Mrs Farnell have asked the Australian public not to judge them until they listen to their side of the story.
"The Australian parents of baby Gammy and his twin sister, have asked us for the opportunity to tell their side of the story," the statement said. "They would like Australia to hear their side of the story, before passing judgment on them."
The statement did not mention Gammy, who has Down syndrome, a heart problem and is recovering from a severe lung infection. But it said the Farnells wanted the public to know they had not abandoned their dog, which was taken from their family home in Bunbury's Mossop Street by the RSPCA on Wednesday.
"They were feeding their dog every day until the RSPCA took her away," the statement said.
A spokesman for the TV show added that the program had in no way interfered with inquiries by the Western Australia Department for Child Protection, or Western Australia Police.
The statement said the Farnells had been co-operating with the Department for Child Protection since Wednesday morning, and would continue to do so.
Ms Pattharamon could face charges for accepting money from the Farnells.
Bonruang Triruangworawat, director-general of Thailand's Department of Health Services Support, said human trafficking laws will apply to surrogacy while the country’s military-dominated interim parliament fast-tracks legislation that will permanently shut down Thailand’s booming commercial surrogacy industry that has attracted hundreds of Australians each year.
"The surrogate mothers can face legal action under the human trafficking laws because they are paid to bear a child," he said.
with Am Sandford