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Croatian actor Goran Visnjic and his wife Ivana Vrdoljak have taken advantage of their life in America to do something they would not have been able to do in Croatia – have a child by a surrogate mother.
Surrogacy is illegal in Croatia as well as in many countries around the world. Croatia has also one of the world’s most rigid laws on medically assisted reproduction.
Visnjic’s son Vigo Leo was born to an American woman on 7 July in a private Los Angeles clinic. This is the couple’s second child, who adopted another boy Tin, now four years old. Visnjic also has a daughter Lourdes (4) from an affair with his school days girl friend Mirela Rupic.
For months the couple had kept their decision private even from the knowledge of their closest family and friends. Only when it became probable that they would become parents and that all was well with the pregnancy, they informed their families. They thus became the first Croatian well-known family to choose surrogacy, daily Jutarnji List writes.
Every sixth couple in Croatia cannot have children of their own, but restrictive laws and tough adoption bureaucracy make alternatives difficult. Only 130 children are adopted every year in Croatia out of some 2,000 living in orphanages. There are at least twice as many couples interested in adoption, the daily writes.
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