Today i had a talk with my friend Cha ..she was so excited abt the visit she had this poya day to a home with kids with Down Syndrome in Colombo. .The warmth and love she felt there was indescribable..I agreed completly with her,coz i have the same experience.For the parents its a shock when the baby is born,but this feeling changes very quickly.
Down syndrome (DS) is a condition in which extra genetic material causes delays in the way a child develops, and often leads to mental retardation. It affects 1 in every 800 babies born.
The symptoms of Down syndrome can vary widely from child to child. While some kids with DS need a lot of medical attention, others lead very healthy and independent lives.
Though Down syndrome can’t be prevented, it can be detected before a child is born. The health problems that can go along with DS can be treated, and there are many resources within communities to help kids and their families who are living with the condition.
Normally, at the time of conception a baby inherits genetic information from its parents in the form of 46 chromosomes: 23 from the mother and 23 from the father. In most cases of Down syndrome, however, a child gets an extra chromosome – for a total of 47 chromosomes instead of 46. It’s this extra genetic material that causes the physical and cognitive delays associated with DS
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I got a call from my father that my sister in-law was about to give birth. So off I went just in time to see T.J into the world. I was so proud when I left the hospital and so hurt when my brother (T.J’S Father) called me with the news that T.J had Downs. I cryed all the way back to the hospital. Once I held my buddy again as a Down Syndrome baby, there was no turning back for me. He had my love forever and I thank my brother and sister in-law for giving me such a joy every day of my life. By the end of the day T.J was born, my Brother said he loved me, kicked me out of the hospital and said tomorrow is another day. So I left. On the way out I was looking at all the other families that had babies that day and I felt sorry for them because we got the special one in our family. T.J is 17 months now and very active and healthy. He has his whole life to teach me every thing he will learn.