Enzo O’Brien is seven weeks old.
He is an Australian citizen who holds an Australian passport but he is stuck in Nepal and it’s unclear if – or when – he will be able to come home.
Enzo is one of about 35 foreign national babies, 11 of whom are understood to be Australian, who is currently being denied an exit visa to leave Nepal.
His Australian parents Lisa MacDonald* and Dominic O’Brien are desperate.
Enzo is their son who was born via an Indian surrogate in Nepal earlier this year. Due to a chronic health condition Lisa was not able to carry a child. At the end of last year, after what Lisa described to Mamamia as five years contemplating surrogacy, their dream of becoming parents finally became real.
They decided to take the plunge and decided upon Nepal after a friend who had a positive and successful surrogacy experience there recommended it. After twelve months of conversations and deliberations with doctors, they went to Nepal last year where Lisa underwent the necessary medical procedures for a successful implantation.
“It was awful. You don’t do it on a whim. It was really really hard and horrible,” Lisa explains. It was exacerbated by her medical condition that needs constant management.
Luckily it was successful and they returned to Australia as quickly as possible so Lisa could see her doctors.
Any luck that had been on their side has since diminished. At the time of Enzo’s conception, surrogacy was legal in Nepal but on the 25th of August this year the Nepalese Supreme Court declared commercial surrogacy to be illegal. What the judgment failed to address was the legal status of babies already conceived using surrogacy.