THE mother of two children with Down syndrome from Bromborough has urged people not to feel sorry for her family.
Maria Belton spoke out on social media and on BBC TV to dispel out-dated myths and stereotypes surrounding the condition.
When her eldest daughter, Eleanor, was seven she was told that she would not be able to have any more children due to being diagnosed with stage four endometriosis, which affects the uterus.
However, Maria went on to have two more children – Joey, now two, and Nancy, who is eight months old. Both have Down syndrome.
She describes the pair as her “miracle babies” and in a touching interview said there is no need for anyone to feel sorry for them.
“I’ve had enough of people feeling sorry for us because there’s nothing to feel sorry for us about,” she said.
“There are differences, of course there are differences, but there are more similarities – far more similarities – between our children and a typical child.”
Down syndrome is a genetic condition that typically causes some level of learning disability and characteristic physical features.
Maria posted photos and videos and linking up with charity Sundowns, to raise awareness of the condition.
Speaking out ahead of World Down Syndrome Day last Tuesday, Maria added: “We just want to make sure the kids can do whatever they want to do and achieve whatever they are able to achieve, and not be held back because of other people's attitudes towards them.
“We have three amazing kids and we don’t think about Down syndrome every day.”
Eldest daughter Eleanor, now 14, said the was incredibly proud of her brother and sister.
“I think they're absolutely gorgeous,” she said. “They’re just so funny.”
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