The Upside of Down: Serving Kids with Down Syndrome

A toddler with Down Syndrome sits smiling, sitting in his stroller, waiting for lifesaving heart surgery in Libya (Preemptive Love Coalition)

About half of babies born with Down Syndrome also have heart defects.

That's because the cause of Down Syndrome and the development of the heart and lungs are linked. The blood vessels in the lungs don’t fully develop, so there is more pressure and less oxygen to the heart. This makes the heart unable to grow correctly.

A young girl with Down Syndrome lays on her hospital bed in Libya, waiting for her turn for lifesaving heart surgery (Preemptive Love Coalition)

Together, you have spent years showing incredible support to kids with Down Syndrome receiving lifesaving heart surgery by liking, commenting, and sharing the photos we post of them—thank you! 

This is yet another way you say “yes” when others say “no.” 

A toddler with Down Syndrome is just days away from getting her lifesaving heart surgery in Libya (Preemptive Love Coalition)

Heart surgery isn't easily accessible to children in Iraq, Libya, and much of the developing world. Getting heart surgery for a child with Down Syndrome is even harder because they haven’t always been seen as worthy of lifesaving care. 

But these children are worthy of the same care as any other child. Their cases are often complex and risky, but they are some of the happiest, brightest, most loving children you’ve ever met—anyone who has spent time around a child with Down Syndrome knows! Their parents adore them and all they want is to see their children’s broken hearts mended. 

Malak, a toddler with Down Syndrome in Libya, is comforted by her mom as she recovers from lifesaving heart surgery (Preemptive Love Coalition)

Kids with Down Syndrome matter to their parents, they matter to us, and they matter to you. 

So this is a simple but emphatic thank you. We're grateful for all the love you've shown these beautiful children over the years. 

 

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The Upside of Down: Serving Kids with Down Syndrome
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