She Considered Abandoning Her Newborns With Down Syndrome. Now, She Is Grateful For Not Making A Big Mistake
September 14, 2018 14:21 By Fabiosa
When parents find out their child is having Down syndrome, they feel lots of different emotions: fear, anger, rejection, guilt, denial, lack of self-confidence, and self-pity. For some people it is hard to stay strong after such news.
But after a little while, they understand how wonderful it is to have a baby. This woman was about to give up twins with Down syndrome, Now, she reveals why she is glad she kept them.
When Julie McConnel from Idaho learned she is pregnant with twins who both had Down syndrome, she wanted to put them up for adoption. She was 45 years old at that time and already had four children.
Of course, she knew about the likelihood of having multiples or a child with Down syndrome because of her age. But she was not ready that both of these factors will be present.
Now, Julie feels as happy as never before. She is a mother of six wonderful kids, and she loves spending time with them.
Nevertheless, Julie is worried about their future. In the interview with Dailymail, she said:
Now that I have Charlie and Milo, I understand that and I have more compassion than I ever had before. They're not the result of a bad lifestyle choice I made, or a reflection of race or economics or where you live in the world and I hope that by sharing our story I can open people's eyes a bit. Everywhere we go, people love the boys because they're special, but I know this won't always be the case when they're older and it hurts to think about. I want people to see that there are people out there who are different, but it doesn't make them any less valuable.
Many parents are shocked when they learn their baby has Down syndrome. Nevertheless, it is necessary to make the right decision and just to love the baby, as the baby is first and foremost, and the syndrome is secondary.