An Australian couple who just welcomed twins are stuck overseas, in a country where coronavirus cases are continuing to surge.
Western Australian couple, Candice and Chris Dix left their young sons behind in Australia with their grandparents and went overseas for the birth of the twins they had via a surrogate in Ukraine.
The surrogate was arranged before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Nine News reported.
Ms Dix told Nine News conditions were “really scary” in Ukraine, due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, but she and Mr Dix “had no choice”.
“Any parent would know, you can't leave your babies,” she said.
"We had to get here for the birth of our babies, and we left our sons behind to keep them safe."
The couple had booked a return ticket back home to WA, but Mr Dix explained their flight was cancelled weeks ago and there are limited options for them to return to Australia.
“There’s no available flights for the next couple of months and even after that we’re looking at having to probably go through Sydney or another port within Australia to do two weeks quarantine there then two weeks quarantine in Perth,” he explained.
“So the options are really not around.”
Ms Dix explained the two have struggled to get a hold of the Australian embassy based in Kiev, which she believes is probably inundated right now.
When asked by Peter Overton if the two had any message for Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, Mr Dix made an impassioned plea.
“Scott, if you’re listening, we need your help, mate,” Mr Dix said.
“We’re feeling completely powerless at the moment to change the situation we’re in. The only other time I’ve felt that way is when I almost lost my wife, Candice, during the birth of our second child and I wasn’t sure when I would see her again.
“And now we don’t know when we are going to see our boys again.”
There are over 121,000 coronavirus cases in Ukraine and daily case numbers are going up by thousands, while the death toll stands at 2,575.
Ukraine has become a popular destination for parents to seek out a surrogate, due to the legal framework and low prices.
In May, AFP reported a hotel in Kiev was housing babies born to a surrogate, with their parents from foreign countries unable to come and collect them due to travel restrictions.
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