It is the unpredictable nature of life that makes life worth living; it is filled with ups and downs. We are sometimes ahead and sometimes behind. What does it mean to be born into a world where the odds are stacked against you? The adoption of a child with Down syndrome has given him a new reason to smile. This heartbreaking event was caught by the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network, which was crucial to her adoption process.
In the video, which was posted on their official Facebook page on October 12, 2019, the adopted girl smiles and looks directly into the camera. Over 17 million views and counting, it has gotten over 208K likes and 382K shares. This smile has captured the world’s attention.
The video was accompanied by the caption: “New smiles are the best smiles!” Over 28K comments have been left on #babygirl #smilingsweetie #Downsyndrome #Downsyndromeadoption #spreadingjoy.
The Down Syndrome Association’s National Down Syndrome Adoption Network (NDSAN) is dedicated to offering support to families who are considering adoption or those who wish to adopt a child with Down syndrome. Robin Steele, a founding member of the NDSAN, was also a founding member of the DSAGC.
This year, the NDSAN has assisted 16 newborns and children in finding adoptive families. Baby H., identified only as Baby H., was adopted earlier this year by a loving family, according to representatives from the charity, and she appeared to be settling in well.
The NDSAN reports that Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal genetic abnormality in the world, affecting people from all racial groups and socioeconomic levels one in every 691 births.
An extra chromosome is present at birth in people with Down syndrome. An extra copy of a chromosome is present at the time of conception. Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes developmental delays and physical challenges.
Down syndrome is most commonly caused by trisomy 21. Due to the additional copy of the 21st chromosome, the infant receives a third copy during conception instead of the usual two.
Several other types of Down syndrome exist, including translocation Down syndrome, in which an extra copy of the 21st chromosome joins a different set of chromosomes, and mosaic Down syndrome, in which parts of the extra 21st chromosome connect to different sets of chromosomes.
The presence of additional copies of genes on chromosome 21 is thought to impair normal development. Down syndrome has distinctive characteristics, as well as a higher risk of health problems.