In England, Wyn Evans started the blog, Musings of a Proud Dad, to share about his life as a father of a child with Down syndrome. Tragically, in their country 94% of women who receive the prenatal diagnosis that their baby will have Down syndrome end their life through abortion. However, Wyn and his wife Nikki rejected abortion with their daughter Angharad, who is now nine-years-old.
Wyn said, “I try and cover everything we have been through – the pressure we were under from clinicians to do pre-natal testing to push us down the abortion route which we wouldn’t do full stop, the joy of the birth, the worry when she had open heart surgery to close holes in her heart, the happiness when it went well and she’s now as fit as a fiddle.”
Wyn told Wales Online that his blog and Facebook gets a lot of views. He said, “We get a lot of hits so we must have tapped into a market of people who wanted information about our little girl and the life of parents with a child with Down’s Syndrome.”
As of right now, his Facebook has 44,000 likes. He said, “It’s wonderful, I don’t think we’ve had anything other than positive comments. Their enjoyment of hearing about my daughter’s life has been joyous.”
In a recent post, Wyn wrote about his trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and how it made him think about people who were killed during the Holocaust because of their disabilities. He said, “It was important to me to write about the trip because the Nazis started off their genocide on their own children and adults with disabilities and terminated them. It was intriguing to connect these children and adults to the Jewish people and Romany Gypsies killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau.”
Additionally, Wyn writes about exposing the truth about children who have the condition. He said, “There is ignorance in two senses – ignorance in the sense of not knowing much about it and when people have the chance to learn about it, they take it up with happiness. Occasionally we will hear someone say something hurtful about kids with Down’s syndrome but thankfully we haven’t had much of that.”
Thankfully, Wyn’s daughter is very much loved and accepted in her community. Wyn said, “Angharad is welcomed and accepted as part of the community. We treat her with love and respect and try to challenge her to help her grow. She throws herself into everything she does. It’s a wonderful time to be a parent of a child with Down’s Syndrome because there is a lot of work being put into helping kids with special needs, including those with Down’s Syndrome, so there is much more focus on how to meet their particular needs educationally.”
He concluded, “There are now role models of kids and adults with Down’s Syndrome who are holding down jobs, passing driving tests, and getting married. Things have changed.”