Baby Gammy’s twin sister must remain with family, WA court rules.

ABC News reports, Western Australia’s Family Court has ruled that the twin sister of baby Gammy, who was at the centre of an international surrogacy dispute in 2014, should remain with her biological father in Bunbury and not be returned to her birth mother in Thailand.

The mother, Pattaroamoun Chanuba, sought orders from the court to have the child, Pipah, returned to her.

However, in a judgement released today, the Chief Judge Stephen Thackray said he had decided she should continue to live with her father, David, and his wife Wendy.

In his judgment, Justice Thackray found the Farnells did not abandon Gammy in Thailand.

He also refuted allegations the Farnells later sought access to a trust fund set up for Gammy.

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  • I wonder where they are all at now. SO sad for the children to be able to find all this out later on in their lives.


  • what was the judges reasoning?


  • I honestly don’t know what to make of this story. It seems the mother kept one of the children as a back door into Australia. I hope the fathers time served has made him a changed man. But still a very difficult and odd situation.


  • I’m just wondering if the biological father would still have taken the girl home is she was like Gammy. To me they should have been kept together. They knew they were having twins so why leave him behind. Is it because he wasn’t perfect? I think he is absolutely adorable and they’ll never know what they are missing out on. I hope when she gets older she wants to see her twin brother. Gripe over


  • Thank you for the update on the story.


  • This has been a tricky situation. We may never know the full story.


  • A tough one ! Families ripped apart…


  • I would have thought the twins should have lived together.
    The Surrogate Mother should have both of them or neither of them. The same applies to the Father – both or none.
    An authority has to ensure that one baby isn’t favoured over the other too.


  • Oh well they will have some explaining to do when both the kids are old enough to understand what occured


  • This situation should never have been allowed to happen. Now it has it will be a field day for lawyers on both sides – think this will continue for a lot longer yet.


  • Hm. This has been a really nasty one.


  • How can a judge say they didn’t abandon Gammy …. clearly they did.


  • It wouldn’t be fair to remove gammys twin after so long. This all should have been resolved at birth


  • It’s a hard situation. Hope that the court made the right decision.


  • I do not think this is over yet……


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