Children with Down syndrome are often called “sunny”. After all, these little children are distinguished by such qualities as kindness, unique sensitivity, gladness, and charity. But, of course, having learned about such pathology in their unborn children, many parents experience real stress. They need time to accept the situation as it is.
So Julie McConnell, 45 years old, found out that her two future twins would have a genetic pathology. His first thought was to give up the children for adoption. But she found the strength to face this difficult situation. And, for the future, we can say with certainty that mother did not regret it!
Julie and her husband, Dan, consciously planned the pregnancy and knew the possible risks of conceiving. Before considering pregnancy, the couple was warned of the possible risks of pathologies related to the age of the parents. The couple admit that the day the future little ones were diagnosed was the worst of their lives, and the following months of waiting for their birth were awfully painful.
Julie and Dan couldn’t even immediately imagine how they would raise children with unusual needs. But, after talking to couples who have already had a similar experience, and having received some information, it became easier for them to accept the situation.
When the woman first saw her twins (Charlie and Milo), she felt unimaginable pleasure and realized what a mistake she could make. “My heart wants just looking at them” Julie admits.
Everyone knows that the risk of birth of special babies depends on the age of the future mother. Therefore, at the age of 25, the probability of having babies with Down syndrome is 1/1400, but after 40 it is about 1/60. But the probability of having twins with a similar genetic disability is about 14:1,000,000.
They try to spend more time with the little ones, but they are very worried about their future: how others will treat them if their little ones will be mistreated and ridiculed, and how they will be in the future. But anyway the McConnell family is happy and enjoying every day they live!