His Wife Told Him That Either He Had To Give Up Their Newborn Son or Get A Divorce

His Wife Told Him That Either He Had To Give Up Their Newborn Son or Get A Divorce

If you had to choose between your spouse and your child, who would you choose? For Samuel Forrest, becoming a father was the best thing that ever happened to him — but when their child turned out to have Down syndrome, his wife said to either abandon the baby or she would divorce him. And for Forrest, the choice was easy.

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When Samuel Forrest of Armenia heard a baby crying from outside his wife’s hospital room, he knew his life would change forever.

Not only had he become a father, but he would soon receive some unexpected news about his newborn son.

“This pediatrician walks out of the room with a little bundle — that was Leo,” Forrest said. “She had his face covered up and hospital authorities wouldn’t let me see him or my wife. When the doctor came out, he said ‘there’s a real problem with your son.’

Forrest followed doctors and nurses into a room where he’d finally get to meet his baby.

“When I walked into the room they all turned to me and said ‘Leo has Down syndrome,” he told ABC News. “I had a few moments of shock.”

After the news had sunk in, Forrest held Leo for the very first time.

… Soon Forrest walked into his wife’s hospital room with Leo in his arms.

Her reaction was unlike one he ever expected.

“I got the ultimatum right then,” he said. “She told me if I kept him then we would get a divorce.”

Attempts to reach the hospital for comment weren’t immediately successful. The baby’s mother, Ruzan Badalyan, told ABC News that she did have a child with Down syndrome and she has left her husband, who has the child, but she declined to elaborate.

Samuel and Leo’s story has reached millions of people around the world, who have raised almost $350,000 for the two, who are now on their own — only a short week later, Badalyan filed for divorce. And while Leo’s story has a happy ending, thanks to a father who loves his son unconditionally, most children born with disabilities in Armenia, along with many countries in eastern Europe and Asia, will not have the same fate. But because Samuel Forrest is an exceptional person, some of the money raised will fund facilities and programs in Armenia to help parents keep their children with disabilities, and to give a better future to the ones who are abandoned.

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