The world is full of ups and downs; it is the unpredictable nature of life that makes it worthwhile to live. We are ahead sometimes and behind other times. So, what happens when all the odds are stacked against you from the minute you are born? After being adopted, a child with Down syndrome has discovered a new cause to smile. The National Down Syndrome Adoption Network, which played a crucial part in her adoption process, caught this heartbreaking event.
The adopted young girl smiles and looks into the camera in the video, which was shared on their official Facebook page on October 12, 2019. With over 17 million views and counting, it has gotten over 208K likes and 382K shares. This is a smile that has captured the attention of the entire world.
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 providing support for families who are considering an adoption plan for their child, as well as for families who would wish to adopt a child with Down syndrome.” In 1981, Robin Steele, a founding member of the NDSAN, was also a founding member of the DSAGC.
The NDSAN has assisted 16 newborns and children in finding adoptive families so far this year. The baby in question, identified only as Baby H., was adopted earlier this year to a loving family, according to representatives from the charity, and she seemed to be settling in nicely.
According to the NDSAN, Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal genetic abnormality in the world, affecting people of all ethnicities and socioeconomic levels in one out of every 691 births.
Down syndrome is a genetic disease in which an extra chromosome is present at birth. It occurs when a chromosome has an extra copy at the time of conception. Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes a wide range of developmental delays and physical difficulties.
Trisomy 21 is the most prevalent form of Down syndrome. Because there is an additional copy of the 21st chromosome in this circumstance, the infant receives a third copy during conception instead of the usual two copies.
Translocation Down syndrome, in which an extra copy of the 21st chromosome joins to a different set of chromosomes, and Mosaic Down syndrome, in which portions of the extra 21st chromosome connect to various sets of chromosomes, are two more types of Down syndrome.
The presence of additional copies of genes on chromosome 21 is thought to impair the normal development process. This is what creates the distinctive characteristics of Down syndrome, as well as the greater risk of health problems that come with it.