Mother Gives Birth To Twins. In The Recovery Room Doctors Tell Her They Have Down Syndrome.

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Any parent knows how emotional, stressful, and joyous the birth of their children can be.  For Nicola and Todd Bailey of Sheffield, England, who were expecting twin girls, they were over moon excited about welcoming two new additions to their family.  The couple already had a son, Lucas, and couldn’t wait to give him two little sisters. However, the twins came sooner than Nicola expected and at just thirty three weeks she was rushed to the hospital in labor.  She ended up giving birth to the girls who she named Harper and Quinn, and immediately after doctors told the couple that the babies had been born healthy.  Relieved, they set their focus on recovery and making plans for bringing them home.

When doctors suddenly returned to their room about a half an hour later, they looked serious and what they told the new parents didn’t immediately make sense.  The doctor said to them “I’m so sorry” and went on to explain that the baby born first, Harper, had Down Syndrome.  

Down Syndrome is a genetic condition caused by a chromosomal disorder which results in developmental issues, intellectual disability, and physical changes in appearance.  It’s generally viewed in a negative light by both doctors and the public, which has led to people who have it being stigmatized and looked at differently. While it has become more accepted in the past few years as people are educated and learn more about it, it’s nonetheless still viewed as abnormal.     

Regardless of the diagnosis, the Bailey’s were simply in love and grateful for their two newborn daughters.  They also had more serious health issues to deal with. In addition to Down Syndrome, Harper was also born with two small holes in her heart.  One thankfully closed all on its own, but the second one required surgery. 

Once they were out of the woods and finally able to bring their twins home, Nicola and Todd thought back about how the doctors had broken the news to them in such a negative, apologetic way.  It made them realize how people automatically felt bad about Harper’s condition, which they thought should not be the case.

Oftentimes, when people first met Harper they seemed to always say “I’m sorry” about her having Down Syndrome, but Nicola and Todd thought she was no different than their other two children and shouldn’t be defined by having it.

Wanting to change the perception of families with Down Syndrome children, Nicola decided to publicly share her life raising her babies.  That way she could fight back against the misconceptions and false information people had towards it.

She set up a blog and social media accounts to help get her message out that having a Down Syndrome child is nothing to be ashamed of or viewed negatively.  Instead, people should accept that others are sometimes born different and that’s okay. Harper is just as happy, loving, and unique as any other child and a Down Syndrome diagnosis is nothing anyone, especially doctors, should be apologizing about.

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In our next featured video of the day watch this wonderful moment as a boy named James with Down Syndrome get a Promposal in the school gymnasium by a wonderful and beautiful girl named Maisey as the whole school cheers him on:

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On a recent afternoon students at Glenelg High School, in Maryland, gathered for an unforgettable moment. They had assembled at the school’s gymnasium and stood eagerly waiting for one particular classmate’s arrival. The student, James, has down syndrome and was about to get the surprise of a lifetime. The video starts off with James eagerly making his way towards the gym.

He is unaware of what is about to happen and as he gets closer the sounds of kids cheering can be heard. When James walks into the gym he is greeted by the sight of his classmates circling the basketball court. As he makes his way into the circle his peers break out into a chant, clapping and cheering him on. At first he looks a bit unsure as to what is happening.

However, he quickly overcomes any uncertainty and is reassured by his friends warm smiles and shouts of encouragement. James goes to the center of them all and shows off some of his sweet dancing skills, moving and shaking to their chants. While he is boogieing down a girl with long blonde hair makes her way towards him holding a sign. It reads “James, Prom?” He stops and the girl, Maisy, asks him if he will go to prom with her. When James says yes the students erupt, cheering loudly, and the pair share a sweet hug.

For everyone gathered in the gymnasium that day, this is a promposal that they will never forget. It is truly a wonderful and sweet moment they all shared and now you too can see it!

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In our next featured video watch this emotional and heartbreaking moment when a father has to defend his son with Down syndrome:

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What you are about to view in the video below, is a father, Rob Scott, who needs to share his truth, after overhearing a moment between another father and his son.  The child asks what Downs Syndrome is, and the dad answers, “It’s a disease of not knowing anything”.

This response deeply bothered Rob, whose son was born with Down’s Syndrome.  What he experienced at that moment of hearing this other father try to probably simplify the condition for his child, was heartbreak.  He desperately wanted to correct what this father was telling his son, but didn’t have the courage to speak up.

What you are about to hear him say was recorded a few minutes after this occurrence.  Rob was upset with himself for not speaking up, and felt the strong need to record what was in his heart, as a way of standing up for his son who has been the greatest gift of his life.

His intention in recording this footage, was in no way motivated by a desire to shame the father who responded to his son’s innocent question in that way; he just needed “to karmically reset what just happened”.  Rob’s son, Turner, has been the greatest teacher about what the meaning of joy and love truly is.

He so aptly notes that the word “disability” is a term that encapsulates perception rather than fact.  His words brought me to tears; what he has to say is about so much more than Downs Syndrome.  Let us know your thoughts about this father’s moment of soul-searching honesty.

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In our next featured video watch this very special moment when a school cop soothes and calms a young sweet girl with Down Syndrome who is frozen in fear in the school hallway

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Do you remember your favorite stuffed animal, toy, or maybe a blanket when you were a kid. No matter where you went you always had your friend with you by your side. There was no obstacle or problem that couldn’t be taken care of as long as you and your favorite toy were together.

Scary things just weren’t as scary and just having your small friend with you gave you the courage to do things you wouldn’t otherwise do as a young child out of fear. One of the main reasons kids carry a ‘special’ stuffed animal, blanket or toy is because it lowers their anxieties and fears in almost any situation they face.

This brings us to today’s story featuring a young 12-year old girl named Raquel Zuniga, she is currently in the 7th grade and goes to classes that are specifically designed for children with moderate to severe mental disabilities. Raquel carries a special friend with her everywhere she goes. This friend is none other than everyone’s favorite frog Kermit! Raquel hangs out with Kermit the Frog all day everyday, whether she is home or at school Kermit is always right by her side.

Due to Raquel’s disability she has severe anxiety especially when she is transitioning from one place to another. This tends to flare up at school when the bell rings and it’s time to go from one class to another. On this day, Raquel was having an extremely rough time transitioning from one class to another and she froze. She couldn’t walk or get to her class and she wouldn’t say anything. She just stood in the hallways frozen clutching Kermit silently.

Multiple teachers came up to Raquel and tried to get her to unfreeze and comfort and make her feel safe in her current state and situation. None could help, Raquel stood their frozen for just about a full hour clutching on to her stuffed frog.

That’s when a special soul enters the story, school security officer Kris Morrison who spent the last 20 years as a school officer for special needs children. However, before that she was an officer Kris was a teacher for children with disabilities and instinctually somehow knew exactly what to do to help poor Raquel.

Kris spoke to Raquel in a soothing voice and then began to sing Rainbow Connection, the famous song that Kermit the Frog, ‘Raquel’s best friend’ is most known for. As Kris sang Raquel’s anxiety and fear just began melting away.

Soon after she began moving and it was as if a miracle just occurred and she unfroze! This was Raquels favorite song, so it immediately triggered her brain to relax and feel safe. Just like that, the magic of music, an amazing school security officer and Kermit the frog had saved the day!

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In our final featured video of the day watch this awesome moment when a boy with Down Syndrome approaches a very serious Windsor Castle Queen’s Ground. As he approached the guard, he stomped and the young man with Down Syndrome was startled and ran in fear. Watch the video below:

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Windsor Castle is one of the Queen of England’s primary residences and every year thousands of visitors go to see it.  The picturesque fortress is protected by the Queen’s Guard which consists of soldiers who have been charged with standing watch around the clock.  They are just as well known as the castles they safeguard and can easily be identified by their unique uniforms consisting of red tunics and black bearskin hats.

One young man named Sam had travelled to Windsor Castle as part of a web series he starred in along with his friends called “The Specials.”  The show followed the lives of five young adults with Down Syndrome who lived in a shared house. It came out back in 2009 to rave reviews and went on to win a Webby Award for Best Reality Program. 

While filming the second season, Sam had taken a tour of Windsor Castle with two soldiers as his guide, Lt. Bragger and Sgt. Baggot-Moore. While walking the historic grounds they told him that they were headed to see the guard on duty and that he would not be able to interact with him, as it’s their duty to remain silent while on patrol.

When they reached the guard, he stood stoically at his post wearing the iconic uniform and holding a rifle stung over his shoulder.  Sam went over and stood right next to him, just as many tourists do every day when they visit and wish to get a picture with the soldier. 

So long as you are respectful and don’t get too close, you are permitted to take photos with the guard on duty, but if you bother them or get too close they will warn you by shouting they may take further action to put an end to it.

While Sam was standing near the guard, he was suddenly startled by the soldier stamping his foot loudly on the ground.  It did the job, and Sam scurried off back towards the two soldiers who were his tour guides and had a laugh with them. Had Sam gotten too close for comfort or did he stay next to the guard for too long to cause him to stamp his foot?  As it turned out, Sam didn’t do anything wrong at all, the guard on duty was his younger brother Jack!

The year before Jack had joined the army and hadn’t seen Sam since.  That was part of the reason why Sam went to Windsor Castle, so he could visit him and check out where he worked.  When Jack stamped his foot, it was likely his way of saying hello to his brother, since he is not allowed to talk to anyone while on patrol.  

Later on the two brothers had a proper reunion in the barracks and chatted about Sam’s love life.  Jack encouraged him to pursue a relationship and soon after Sam started dating one of his housemates, Meghan.  The pair ended up dating for six years before Sam proposed, and she said yes.

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