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Baby Gammy: Biological Parents' First TV Interview

19/08/2014 16:46 | Updated 20 May 2015

Baby Gammy's biological parents

The biological parents of baby Gammy have given their side of the story for the first time in a TV interview to be broadcast tonight (Sunday).

Australian couple David and Wendy Farnell, who faced worldwide condemnation for taking one surrogate twin but leaving baby Gammy because he had Down's syndrome, have denied they asked the surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua, 21, to abort the boy, and said they wanted to take Gammy with them.

And they revealed that they sometimes dress Gammy's twin sister Pipah in blue to 'remember the little boy'.

In an exclusive interview with Channel Nine's 60 Minutes dad David Farnell said: "It's been very stressing. We miss our little boy. I come home from work some days and Wendy has dressed our little girl all in blue because she wants to remember the little boy.

"We said we want both babies to be born and we will think about this."

Mr Farnell also denies Ms Chanbua's claims that they neglected Gammy and gave favourable treatment to Pipah.

He said: "We bought milk for both babies, we bought nappies for both babies."

The couple said they had been hiding in their Western Australia home in Banbury to avoid reporters since the scandal broke two weeks ago.

They said they didn't shower or turn on the computer to ensure no one found out that they were hidden inside – and remained undetected even on the two occasions child protection officers visited.

The Western Australian Department of Child Protection want to speak to the couple to assess their suitability as parents since it was revealed that Mr Farnell, 56, is a convicted paedophile.

Mr Farnell was convicted of 22 child sex offences, committed while he was in his 20s, including one against a girl who was just seven, in the late 1990s,

The sentencing judge said the victims had been 'robbed of their childhood'.

He was sentenced to three years jail in 1997 for sexually molesting two girls in 'secretive meetings' in his shed or house, in 1982 and 1983, when the girls were aged seven and 10.

​It wasn't until the women were adults that they made complaints and court documents said the women had suffered 'depression' and 'difficulty forming relationships' as a result of the abuse.

The Farnells also refused to come to the door when the RSPCA took the family dog away, believing the couple had left their home and abandoned their pet.

The couple say they fed their dog every day before it was taken away on Tuesday.

The Farnells filmed their interview with 60 Minutes on Thursday night, pleading with Australians to 'hear their side of the story before passing judgment on them'.

60 Minutes will make a donation to the charity Hands Across The Water, but the couple were not paid for the interview.

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Gammy's surrogate mother, Pattaramon Chanbua, declined to give an interview with the programme.

She told local news: "I don't want money from them."

Hands Across The Water has already raised more than $200,000 for Gammy's treatment and care.

They'll support Gammy until he has completed his education.

You can read about the whole sorry saga here.

Story Of Baby With Down Syndrome Shows Surrogacy's Pitfalls

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