The Fear of Down syndrome

No matter how hard I try to wrap my head around it, I cannot grasp the concept of being so afraid of something that I would choose to kill a child in utero. Apparently the fear of Down syndrome did exactly that to a family in the southern province of Adana.

Hatice Buzpinar, after being told that one of her twins had Down syndrome agreed to having an injection given to the fetus with Down syndrome which would stop the growth of that fetus in it’s mother’s womb.

That’s a politically correct way of saying it would kill the unborn baby.

Two days later, Buzpinar began experiencing  abdominal pain. Taken back to the hospital, doctors decided to remove Buzpinar’s uterus and the fetuses inside it.

The surgery did not go as planned, and Buzpinar died of a heart attack.

I look at this beautiful little boy of mine, and honestly can’t figure out what about him would scare a mother so badly that she would want to kill him before he even had the opportunity to take his first breath.

A little boy with Down syndrome and his big brother.

Not a day goes by that I don’t pray, several times a day even, for the blessing of being able to keep Parker alive. I pray for his Pulmonary Hypertension to remained controlled and to in the secret depths of my heart I plead for his PH to be able to be measured as mild, rather than it’s current mild to moderate state.  I pray for many, many, many more years of being able to be his Mother.

A little boy with Down syndrome learning how to read.

Reed and I willingly go without new clothes, new cars, toys, house repairs in need of being addressed, vacations, and other non-essential to life stuff in order to pay off medical debt and provide Parker with the things he needs.

I know there will be many choosing to condemn this family. But I won’t add my voice to that chorus.

I feel such a great sadness for the husband and remaining son, for all they’ve lost, including the beauty found within a tiny extra chromosome. Such great loss all by allowing the fear of Down syndrome to take over.

To you I make this appeal: Never, never, never be afraid of Down syndrome.

PS:
You can read the entire story: Injection to fetus kills mother, other twin diagnosed with Down syndrome

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