Stigma is the disease those with Down’s syndrome battle

  • By TOI
  • | Tuesday | 13th March, 2018

“Children with Down’s syndrome do not have a disease. The same children who are described as “suffering from a disease”.“It isn’t the child who suffers as much as the family who have to battle the stigma associated with the syndrome,” said Surekha Ramachandran, president, Down Syndrome Federation of India. “Earlier, children with the disorder didn’t die because of infections, but due to negligence. They are just born with a condition, which makes them prone to cardiac diseases, pneumonia and influenza,” said Dr Priya Chandrashekar, a consultant pediatrician. When her daughter was diagnosed with the disorder 37 years ago, doctors gave her not more than a year to live, she is now a yoga teacher.

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