Thai surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua (L) kiss her baby Gammy, born with Down Syndrome, at the Samitivej hospital, Sriracha district in Chonburi province on August 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI
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Authorities in Thailand are to inspect all the clinics in the country offering surrogacy services to see if they are operating within the law after a Thai woman who carried twins for an Australian couple was left caring for a baby with Down Syndrome.The surrogate mother, Pattaramon Janbua, 21, has said she agreed to a fee of 350,000 baht ($10,900) to carry the twins for the Australian couple.An official at Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said Gammy's case was "sad, complex and difficult" and the Australian government was working with Thai authorities to clarify its legal position on surrogacy, which was unclear.The agency manager who had been in charge of the case confirmed the Australian couple were informed before Pattaramon.Pattaramon told a news conference on Tuesday she had never spoken directly to the Australian couple, although she told Reuters later that she had met them in Thailand.
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