"People with Down Syndrome are different but they have feelings, aspirations, a mind of their own, and they are capable of living a normal life when there is social acceptance and a society that is supportive,” Sader mused.
Parents will give their everything to make sure their child is happy, and having a parent with Down Syndrome is just no exception. A Syrian student’s tale about his father who raised him with Down Syndrome is heartwarming and reaffirming at the same time. Sader Issa, who studies dentistry in Syria, shared the story of how he was raised by his dad Jad who has Down Syndrome. Issa said that his dad showered him with love and did the best that he could to make his childhood the same as any kid’s. Now, when kids grow up, they tend to be ashamed of their parents, and a little more, if they're a bit different.
However, Issa loves his father unconditionally and is very proud of him because he says his father raised him right and he's proud of the man he's now become. It's understood that living with Down Syndrome is not easy, however, Sader and his father Jad managed to create a loving relationship that some people would be envious of. The father-son duo often goes together to the former’s workplace at the mill near their home. “I’m proud of my father. Throughout my life he has been the greatest support for me when I needed it,” said Sader about his father.
Jad is someone who is loved in the community because people know that he expresses his love for others without wanting or expecting anything in return. Sader also spoke to Bored Panda about his father. “We wish all people were able to accept that being different is not something to be ashamed of. People with Down Syndrome are different but they have feelings, aspirations, a mind of their own, and they are capable of living a normal life when there is social acceptance and a society that is supportive,” Sader mused.
“Let us give them a chance and see what great capabilities they have,” he said about people with Down Syndrome. “According to NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society), only three cases have been recognized of fathers with DS and we are not one of these three cases. We wish that Bored Panda can help with getting this story formally recognized by international research organizations.”
Also, here's something to melt your heart. Sader says his dad is very proud of him and often goes around telling people that his son is a doctor. “It’s possible to see when his eyes are filled with joy and satisfaction as if to express: yes, I have Down syndrome, but I raised this man and did everything in my power to make him become a doctor and help others,” Sader explained. This just goes on to show that people with Down Syndrom are capable of love and that too with their whole heart.