VIA| In January 2015, when Samuel Forrest’s son was born with Down Syndrome, his decision to keep his son — despite his wife’s ultimatum to leave him — made headlines.
Though their son was born in Armenia, his wife’s home country, Forrest decided to take his son home to Auckland, New Zealand, where he could receive the support of his family.
Nearly a year later, Forrest and his wife Ruzan revealed that they are surprisingly back together and that their son, Leo, is thriving, ABC News reports.
Although Ruzan initially filed for divorce after Forrest left Armenia with their child, she contacted her husband and the two reconciled just one month later.
She explains that she didn’t understand Down Syndrome before her son was born, and that doctors told her that her son would be “like a vegetable.”
Ruzan explained that she now lives in New Zealand with her husband and son said, “I couldn’t imagine my life without him.”
The couple report that Leo is receiving physical and developmental therapy and now crawls, pushes buttons, and can say “mom” and “dad.”