Friends of a gay couple from Auckland are gathering money to help them bring triplings home to New Zealand from Mexico. They have raised $6K as of now.
The homosexual couple, David and Nicky Beard, is said to have run out of money in Mexico. This came as a result due to after issues with the surrogacy agency they were using.
Triplings are three babies born from the sperm of one man and one egg donor. However, triplings are carried by different surrogates, says Radio New Zealand.
A Givealittle page has been set up for the couple by their friend Grace Nixon. The page says the men and their triplings are “stranded in a third world country with little or no finances left.”
The page also says that the Beards need financial aid because one of the triplings had medical complications after birth. According to the page they required hospital care costing the couple NZ$118,132.
“Unfortunately the agency that was supposed to help them left them stranded on arrival for the births of our babies and they went into hiding with their final payments for the births,” the page says.
“This meant that they had to pay all the birthing fees again along with the after care for the surrogate mothers.
Director of international casework, Paula Attrill, of Ministry of Social Development informed that the case was subject to the requirements of the Mexican government.
“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.
Attrill said the Ministry would play an important job. Their main role would be about the adoption process in New Zealand.
Under New Zealand law, legal parent of the child isn’t always someone who shares a genetic relationship with the child. However, the surrogate mother and her partner are the legal parents of the child.
The legal status of a child born because of a surrogacy arrangement is determined by The Status of Child Act 1969. This is irrespective of that child’s birth place.
The Ministry of Social Development has indicated it is working to release further information about the case later today.
According to the page, funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Karen Ritchie on behalf of Triplings & Family.