ABC’s Sabra Lane breaks down on air over child abandoned by surrogate parents | Media
ABC Radio’s AM presenter Sabra Lane was unable to hide her emotions on Tuesday morning after the program broadcast a heart-wrenching story about a little girl who was allegedly abandoned in Ukraine by her American surrogate parents.
The ABC Canberra veteran broke down live on air and struggled to read the finance report immediately after airing the Ukraine story.
The response to Lane’s raw emotion was supportive, with many listeners contacting Radio National’s Breakfast program to offer support. Host Hamish McDonald thanked readers for their concern.
Lane responded to the outpouring of supporting, writing on Twitter: “Tweeps, thank you all for your concern. I’m a big softie at heart, and now the nation knows. I was totally pole-axed by @samanthahawley – and bewildered by humanity.”
On social media, listeners thanked Lane for her very human reaction to a tragic story.
The ACT Council of Social Service said Lane always demonstrated “supreme professionalism” and showed a “totally human response this morning to the horrors big and small that you present every morning”.
The child, Bridget Irmgard Pagan-Etnyre, was carried by a Ukrainian surrogate mother for Matthew Scott Etnyre, 39, and Irmgard Pagan, 61, according to a report to air on Foreign Correspondent on Tuesday.
ABC foreign correspondent Samantha Hawley traced the child to the Sonechko children’s home where she spoke to one of her carers, paediatric nurse Marina Boyko, who had developed a strong bond with her.
“You can’t judge a child as soon as it’s born – ‘We don’t like this child, we wanted you to have a Hollywood smile upon birth’”, Boyko said of the Americans’ decision to leave Bridget in Ukraine.
“I would say to them that they have an amazing daughter.”