Dad refuses to give up son with Down syndrome after wife leaves him

Becoming a parent transformed my life in ways I hadn’t anticipated. The birth of my child marked a shift in priorities, a new reality, and a profound wake-up call. This sentiment may sound cliché, but it holds an undeniable truth.

It baffles me how some individuals can abandon their children, forsaking the responsibilities that come with parenthood. The story of Samuel Forrest and his wife Ruzan serves as a poignant example, ultimately resulting in a positive outcome despite the initial challenges.

In 2015, Samuel, living in Armenia with his wife Ruzan, discovered that their newborn son, Leo, had Down syndrome, a revelation not known to doctors before birth. Samuel, determined to provide Leo with a happy life, faced an ultimatum from his wife: place Leo in an orphanage or she would leave. Choosing his son, Samuel returned to New Zealand for support. Ruzan, initially uninformed about Down syndrome, later reconnected with Samuel and met Leo. The couple reconciled, with Ruzan canceling her planned divorce and moving to New Zealand.

Samuel’s online account of the situation garnered immense support, with a GoFundMe page raising over $500,000. Despite initial challenges, the family found strength and love, demonstrating the transformative power of acceptance and understanding.

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