Hearing the phrase “I’m sorry” after receiving a good news is a tricky situation. Most of the time, this particular situation leads to a surprise bad news. For the couple Matt and Jodi, this is exactly what happened to them six years ago after knowing that their newly-born twins were diagnosed with Down’s syndrome.
According to the couple, they were down in the mouth after receiving the bad news from a doctor. Jodi, who had suffered from a miscarriage right after her eldest son Finlay was born, thought she had already experienced the worse.
Little did she know, these twins named Abigail and Isobel might cause her more pain. This is what the mother thought when she heard the news:
“That day, I didn’t feel like a mother. I just felt lost and confused. I had bleak visions of the future. I thought we’d be carers until we dropped dead.”
Because they were labeled as ‘special kids,’ the chances of living a normal life was very low. As a matter of fact, Abigail has a hearing impairment in one ear, while Isobel came out with a hole in her heart.
Although it sounds like a life punishment for the twins, the couple still bravely faced the reality and raised Abigail and Isobel like normal children.
“When the doctor took us to one side to give us the results, he said he was sorry that Abigail and Isobel had Down’s syndrome. To this day I’ll never know what he was sorry for.”
“And I think if I could ever meet him again, I would like to show him Abigail and Isobel and say, ‘Why did you say sorry because we wouldn’t change Abigail and Isobel for the world now.”
Today they’re 6-years-old. All the love and sympathy they receive is their shield against prejudice.
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