Parents of Severely Disabled Kids Say They Enrich Their Lives

This article was a good read.  Though it discusses families with children with Trisomy 13 and Trisomy 18, thought it could relate to any parents facing a dilemma with the possibility of having a child with special needs.  I rarely see newborns, let alone pregnant mothers, so I don’t ever hear these types of stories.  But I do see patients in physical therapy, whose parents tell me that doctors told them that my patients had little chance of survival or were going to be “vegetables.”  Crazy to think that’s how some of my patients started when, now, I am about to teach some of them how to walk 🙂  Just shows that sometimes you really never know what can happen…

Here’s a snippet from the article:

Though many people believe that raising child with severe birth defects would be more than they could bear, many parents of children with severe disabilities say that couldn’t be further from the truth.

In a new study, nearly all — 97 percent — of 332 parents of children with trisomy 13 or trisomy 18, another chromosomal abnormality that can cause similarly severe problems and shortened lifespans, described their child as “happy.” Parents also said that no matter how short their lives, their child enriched their family.

Read the rest here: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/07/23/parents-of-severely-disabled-kids-say-they-enrich-their-lives?page=2

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