Father forced to choose between wife and son with Down syndrome

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If you ask many parents, the day their child was born was one of the happiest of their lives.

For Samuel Forrest, it was a day full of unexpected news.

“The pediatrician walks out of the room with a little bundle, that was Leo,” Forrest told ABC News. “She had his face covered up and hospital authorities wouldn’t let me see him or my wife. When the doctor came out, he said, ‘There’s a real problem with your son.”

Forrest soon learned that his son was born with Down syndrome.

“I said, ‘He’s beautiful, he’s perfect and I’m absolutely keeping him,” he said.

When Forrest walked into his wife’s hospital room, he got another bit of shocking news.

“I got the ultimatum right then,” he said. “She told me if I kept him, then we would get a divorce.”

The boy’s mother, Ruzan Badalyan, told ABC News that she did have a child with Down syndrome and she has left her husband, who has the child.

However, she did not elaborate on the details.

A week after Leo’s birth, Badalyan filed for divorce.

Forrest is a freelance business contractor, who is originally from New Zealand but has been living in Armenia.

He is now raising money to move back to New Zealand to bring Leo closer to his family.

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