They say a picture is worth a thousand words. A video, on the other hand, may be worth thousands more.
More than 15.7 million people and counting have viewed a heartwarming video posted by the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network in early October 2019. In the short clip, which is warming hearts around the world, a baby girl with Down syndrome smiles repeatedly at her adoptive mother, who is blown away by the little girl’s display of emotion.
Titled “New smile,” the video, shared on Facebook on Oct. 7, shows the baby relaxing on her stomach on a play mat. “How’s your day going?” Mom asks, before the baby girl, identified only as “Baby H.,” smiles broadly to her mother’s delight.
“I love your new smile!” Mom exclaims, before encouraging, “That is the cutest, can you show me again?”
The baby obliges to a now-elated mother.
“Oh my goodness, I like that new smile!” Mom giggles. The baby, receptive to her mother’s encouragement, beams even more beautifully for Mom. It’s easy to see why this clip has delighted so many millions of viewers around the world. A true delight.
Watch for yourself:
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The National Down Syndrome Adoption Network
According to WKRG, National Down Syndrome Adoption Network (NDSAN) representatives explained that the baby girl was adopted through their organization. In 2019 so far, NDSAN has matched 16 babies and children with Down syndrome to their forever homes with adoptive families.
NDSAN is overseen by the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (DSAGC). NDSAN founder Robin Steele was also involved in the inauguration of the DSAGC back in 1981.
The NDSAN’s mission statement is to “ensure that every child born with Down syndrome has the opportunity to grow up in a loving family.” With resources, step-by-step advice, and even a foster care database, the NDSAN’s outreach is ever increasing.
After posting the sweet video of Baby H. on Facebook, the NDSAN received thousands of supportive comments from viewers. “Show me one that can beat this smile!” wrote one, while another added, “Can’t help but warm your heart.”
“The joy in this woman’s laugh is as divine as the baby’s smile,” one viewer ventured.
“Beautiful baby,” added another, echoing the sentiments of thousands. “May God bless this baby with the best parents in the world.”
What Is Down Syndrome?
Down syndrome occurs when an extra copy of a chromosome is present at the time of a baby’s conception—specifically, a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. Common physical traits of Down syndrome include low muscle tone, small stature, and an upward slant to the eyes, although each person with Down syndrome possesses these traits to different degrees.
Some people with Down syndrome may experience medical issues as a result of the extra chromosome such as heart, intestinal, ear, nose, throat, or thyroid issues.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Down syndrome is currently the most common chromosomal disorder. Every year in the United States, around 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome, equating to around 1 in every 700 babies born.
Statistically, older mothers are more likely to conceive a baby affected by Down syndrome than younger mothers.
It was the English physician John Langdon Down who first published an accurate description of a person with Down syndrome in the late nineteenth century. His writing, published in 1866, earned Down recognition as the “father” (and namesake) of the condition.
Baby H. is not the only baby that has helped raise awareness for Down syndrome in recent years. In 2018, baby-product market leaders Gerber announced they were making Lucas Warren, a toddler from Georgia with Down syndrome, their “Gerber Spokesbaby” for the year.
Lucas’s mother, Cortney Warren, submitted her baby son’s photo to the Gerber Baby Photo Search on Instagram “on a whim.” She was shocked when she learned that Lucas had been chosen to front Gerber’s 2018 social media campaign.
“Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby,” Gerber CEO and President Bill Partyka said in a media statement, as quoted by Reuters. “This year, Lucas is the perfect fit.”
Lucas’s mother, Cortney, added, “We hope this opportunity sheds light on the special needs community and educates people that with acceptance and support, individuals with special needs have the potential to change the world.”
“This is such a proud moment for us as parents, knowing that Lucas has a platform to spread joy,” she said, “not only to those he interacts with every day, but to people all over the country.”
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Author: Louise Bevan