A shocking video shows nearly 50 surrogate babies stranded in Ukraine because the coronavirus blockage has prevented their parents from picking them up.
The 46 newborns are crammed into a dorm room in a hotel in the capital city of Kiev while they are waiting for collection by parents from the UK, US, Italy, Spain, France, Israel, Germany, China, Mexico, Romania and other countries.
Their parents paid between £ 5,745 and £ 57,365 for services from the organization that helped them start families.
But because of the pandemic that causes countries to close their borders, the toddlers are cared for by staff from a so-called ‘baby factory’.
But the disturbing video, which appeared on social media, has alarmed Liudmila Denisova, the human rights ombudsman of the Ukrainian parliament.
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She said, “A video was distributed on social media and shared through a website of one of the Kiev clinics.
“There were 46 babies who are currently in one of the Kyiv hotels.
“All of these babies were born by surrogate mothers to citizens of different foreign states.”
She said the video confirms Ukraine’s systematic and large-scale provision of surrogate services to the world.
“This video confirms that the state of surrogacy services provided by this clinic is massive and systemic, and that surrogacy technologies are advertised and presented as ‘high-quality goods,'” she said.
Denis Herman, chief lawyer for the “Human Reproduction Center”, said the babies were there because Ukraine is “one of the countries that completely closed its borders because of Covid-19”.
An administrator named Marina says, “Dear parents! My name is Marina, I am an administrator of the Venice Hotel.
“Our babysitters take care of your babies in a nursery 24 hours a day.
“Every day they spend some time with the kids in the open air and bathe.”
The video appears to be intended to reassure parents who are currently unable to pick up their babies.
A woman’s voice said, “There are 46 children in our hotel.”
The hotel appears to be part of the BioTexCom clinic.
“Last night four of them were taken from the maternity home,” she said.
“They are babies from America, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, China, France, Germany and also from Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Mexico and Portugal.”
The blockage of the coronavirus meant “it is difficult for us, but we are handling it well”.
The video says: “We show babies online to parents and our managers arrange phone calls.
“We need to inform parents about how much their babies eat, how they sleep and what their weight is.
“It is heartbreaking to see how parents miss their little ones.
“We wish they could pick up their children soon.”
The babies are checked by doctors.
Parents who paid for surrogate mothers in Ukraine are told, “So don’t worry, your baby’s health is in good hands.”
Pediatrician Tatiana Lisovskaya said, “Our hotel is closed due to strict quarantine.
“All the nurses live here.
“We try to avoid any contact with the outside world.”
BioTexCom claims to be “a well-developed, ever-expanding, modern reproduction center dealing with infertile foreign couples”.
The website states: “It’s no secret that surrogacy programs are banned almost everywhere in Europe.
“Egg donation is only allowed in a few countries, but often these programs do not offer very favorable conditions (both for patients and donors).
However, in Ukraine all these programs are absolutely legal.
“That’s why Europeans seek medical help outside their own country.
“For most citizens of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, England and other countries, Ukraine has become the place where legally ART programs such as surrogacy and egg donation are conducted.”
The video was highly criticized by the Rodina website, maintained by the Catholic Commission on Pastoral Care for Families.
They posted, “In the vast majority of European countries and American states, commercial surrogacy is prohibited.
After the bans in India and Thailand, Ukraine is competing with Georgia and Kazakhstan to become the capital of this shameful practice.
“Quarantine has closed the borders completely and surrogate mothers continue and give birth….
“Living goods cry in the capital, although Kiev is not old and not Rome.”
Ukraine has 16,847 officially reported cases of coronavirus and 456 deaths.