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