Daughter defends father over Gammy
Wendy and David Farnell. Picture: Channel Nine

The daughter of the man at the centre of the international row over surrogacy and baby Gammy has defended her father and says she was lucky to have grown up with a loving father.

Jane Farnell told the Bunbury Mail David and Wendy Farnell deserved to raise a family together.

The Farnells have been vilified since allegations emerged that they abandoned baby Gammy, one of two children born to a Thai surrogate mother, because he had Down syndrome and other health issues.

The couple returned to Bunbury from Thailand with Gammy's twin sister, Pipah.

Outrage grew when it emerged that David Farnell was sentenced to three years jail in 1997 for sexually molesting two girls under the age of 13.

Just months later, while still imprisoned, he was charged again - this time with six counts of indecent dealings with a child under the age of 13.

Those offences were said to have occurred over a 10-month period in the mid-1990s.

He was found guilty a second time and received an 18-month jail term.

Ms Farnell told the Bunbury Mail "Wendy was born to be a mother".

In a 60 Minutes interview the Farnells denied abandoning Gammy, said they were worried they would also lose access to Pipah.

Claims: Gammy with surrogate Pattharamon Janbua. Picture: AP

The couple said after they were told surrogate mother Pattharamon Chanbua was pregnant with twins they were "over the moon" but this changed when they were told late in the pregnancy one had Down syndrome.

By this stage it was too late for an abortion and Farnell said they were angry that tests were not done earlier and they had wanted the surrogacy agency to give them their money back.

However, he denied the couple forced Ms Chanbua to keep the baby.

Ms Farnell told the Bunbury Mail the couple was “broken” when they returned home.

“I don’t know who to blame because you don’t know what the surrogate mother was told, I would hate to place blame without knowing everything,” she said.

And she said she added to the confusion by telling friends that baby Gammy had died.

She said it was easier to say he had died and then have to explain it later on if he came home.

On her father's criminal past, Ms Farnell said he did a "terrible thing a long time ago".

"But I believe in the system – they wouldn’t have let him out or let him see me again if they thought he was a risk.

“His past has absolutely nothing to do with this.”

The West Australian

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