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The date was Monday, May 17, 1971 she arrived at in the afternoon.
On May 16, I had to get up at about five in the morning to use the bathroom, I realised that I had been having tummy pains for a few hours, although they were mild, I knew they were early contractions.
I went back to bed for a couple of hours only to be awakened to regular contractions, these progressed on and off for most of the day. The pains stopped but I was kept in and on the following morning I started full blown labour. The second my daughter was born she was whisked away because they said that as she had taken so long to arrive, she was very cold and had to be incubated to warm her.
I remember being so elated that I had a little girl and went to sleep with a smile on my face. My baby was brought in to me so I could breastfeed her, it proved impossible as she could not latch on at all.
A nurse came round to supposedly help, she came to my bed and proceeded to roughly try to get my baby to feed, she made her cry and I was not far behind the tears myself.
These were the longest loneliest hours I had ever known.
All the other mums avoided me like I had an infectious disease, I had asked the sister and the doctor if my baby could be a ‘mongol’ baby as they were called then, if I had hit him I do not believe I could have had a more shocked reaction.
I did not see why they could not marry and live as man and wife as long as they were supported.
The wedding day arrived, we were up at 6AM on the wedding day, July 15, 1995, and the house was so busy with bridesmaids (all her friends from the centre).
That was how it remained, she was shunned by many in the family.
Down syndrome to walk (she was 18-months-old and got up and walked), nowadays that is quite normal, but then I was once told by a doctor that she may never walk, and if she did it may be when she was five or six years old." data-reactid="73"Time passed and she grew into a toddler who, at the time, had the record for the youngest child with Down syndrome to walk (she was 18-months-old and got up and walked), nowadays that is quite normal, but then I was once told by a doctor that she may never walk, and if she did it may be when she was five or six years old.