Damaged Babies and Broken Hearts: Ukraine’s Commercial Surrogacy Industry Leaves a Trail of Disasters

August 20, 2019

(Australia Broadcasting Co) – I arrive at the Sonechko Children’s Home, a collection of rundown double-storey brick buildings in a city south east of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. I’m here to meet a little girl I’ve been searching for over the past six months. She’s been abandoned by the very people who paid for her to be born — her American parents. Now she’s an orphan and has disabilities which require medical attention. Marina Boyko, the flame-haired nurse who’s cared for the little girl since she was a baby, is taking us to meet her.