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Maybe your child was just diagnosed with Down syndrome or you know a child who is affected by it. Or maybe you’re pregnant and you’ve heard about prenatal testing for Down syndrome. Down syndrome is one of the most common genetic disorder. Down syndrome is not caused by something the parents do. Down syndrome occurs when there is an error in cell division. The result is 47 chromosomes rather than the 46. That’s why people refer to Down syndrome as Trisomy 21 because of the extra chromosome. Down syndrome occurs equally in boys and girls, ethnic groups, and economic classes. Why Down syndrome occurs is a mystery. While it is true that the older women get the odds of having a baby with Down syndrome increases, most Down syndrome babies are born to younger mothers. About 75% of babies born with Down syndrome are born to mothers under 35 years of age. Don’t be scared by the words Down syndrome. You can either make the diagnosis your life or you can help your child live his/her life. God created everyone in his eyes and made each of us special in his own way.

“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in My name, welcomes Me.” Mark 9:37

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