Mom didn’t want to raise baby with Down Syndrome so loyal father decides to raise the baby all on his own

Thousands of infants are born each day all over the world with conditions that set them apart in some manner. Of course, all infants are adorable, and they are all deserving of our love, care, and consideration.

Sadly, not everyone acknowledges this reality. Amazingly, some parents even consider giving up or disowning their kids if they aren’t viewed as ideal in their critical eyes upon birth.

Even though we’re meant to live in an era of reason and understanding, many newborns with Down syndrome are nonetheless born into a world of ambiguity because of persistent prejudice against the disorder.

While parenting his son Misha, who has Down syndrome, on his own, a Russian father is working to eradicate any stigma associated with the disease.

According to rumours, 33-year-old Evgeny Anisimov is on a quest to prove to the world that kids with Down syndrome are just as deserving of respect and love. He is raising Misha by himself after his wife left the marriage due to her inability to cope with her son’s illness.

Just one minute and 39 seconds after their son was delivered, a doctor broke the news to Evgeny and his wife, “I fear that your baby has Down Syndrome”

The dad said: “I didn’t know what to do when I learned of the hypothesis that my son had Down Syndrome. I thought my task now was to turn off emotions, ignite thoughts, support my wife because I believed it would be more difficult for her.

“The results of the analysis we were promised in a few days, and until then, I decided not to say anything to her.”

He continued: “I remember that upon learning that my son has Down Syndrome, I left the hospital and cried, but not for long. Later, I was a little embarrassed by these tears. In my life, after all, nothing had changed, in general.

“I was still with two arms, with two legs, my professional knowledge had gone nowhere. My determination, activity, curiosity, and so on—everything was with me. Everything happened as I planned, my son was born. But the child is special, his life and future destiny are already very significant.

And I’m roaring here! This is some kind of selfishness! Is it not fair? No, it is my responsibility. You did not have an amniocentesis—it is clear that the probability was low, but still. You wanted a child, so you took responsibility for it. After all, there are many options: autism, cerebral palsy, genetic mutations … And Down Syndrome is not the worst, as I learned later.”

Evgeny started researching Down syndrome that exact same evening.

“I learned that in Europe, people with Down Syndrome are well-socialized, can live and work independently,” he said. “But the decision I had already made was not influenced by that.”

The new father had no intention of abandoning his son. Sadly, his wife didn’t share the same sentiments.

“At no time did I think of leaving my son in an orphanage, that would be inhumane,” he said. He and his wife eventually separated, and now Evengy raises Misha alone.

He explained: “When a child is born, he asks the outside world: ‘Am I needed here or not?’ And I answer with certainty: ‘Son, you are needed!’ Being with him, even alone, is a normal act for a normal man. I emphasize—I am a normal man, not some kind of hero.”

Evegny wants to increase awareness about Down syndrome so that no future parent would think having a kid with the disorder is a punishment or a challenge they can’t get past.

He mentioned: “I want all the articles about Mishka and me that are being published now to convey that idea to society and instill it. And I also want to support, inspire with my example those people who are or will be in the same situation as me.

I try to communicate with those who are within reach, I correspond with those who are far away. I hope that those who have difficulties now, as it was for us, read about us. Have no fear! Everything will be fine!”

I don’t know about you, but I believe that Evegny and others like her deserve nothing but the highest accolades.

What an inspirational person he is, and Misha is very fortunate to have him as a son.

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