Expecting a child is an exciting and anticipation-filled time, and expecting twins can understandably be even more overwhelming. Matt and Jodi Parry felt a double shock when they found out they were expecting twin girls, adding to their family that already included a son.
Unfortunately, their joy and anticipation turned to fear and anxiety when their doctor called, apologizing and telling them that their prematurely born twin daughters, Abigail and Isobel, had been diagnosed with Down syndrome. Jodi remembers that the doctor had described the diagnosis as “a punishment for life”.
At first, Jodi and Matt were filled with uncertainty, unsure if their daughters would walk, talk, or even go to school. They received little help or advice on how to care for babies with Down syndrome.
Determined, the family searched for information themselves and gave their daughters all the love and support they needed.
Now, five years later, Abigail and Isobel have proved the doctor and all the prejudices surrounding them wrong.
Jodi reflects: “We wouldn’t change Abigail and Isobel for anything now. »
Every individual, whether they have the syndrome or not, deserves a chance in life, and Abigail and Isobel are the perfect examples.
For too long, people with Down syndrome have felt invisible and forgotten due to their diagnosis. It is essential to recognize that people with Down syndrome should have the same opportunities and freedoms as others.
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