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A recent version of this popped up on my Facebook feed, so I did some digging and found more, in this report from Dental Reach in 2019.
The honest story of a Syrian future dentist has touched the hearts of millions of users around the world and will soon become the basis for a documentary in support of people with Down syndrome.
Sader Issa is a 21-year-old student and future dentist. He studies and lives with his parents in the small village of Al-Baida in northwestern Syria. Sader has an unusual family. His dad has Down syndrome, but the extra chromosome did not stop him from becoming a loving and caring husband and father, whom the whole family is proud of.
“Many women, having learned that their child will have Down syndrome, believe that this is the worst life scenario, and decide on an abortion. I am happy that my grandmother had a different opinion. Otherwise, I would not have been born, ”says Syrian resident Sader Issa.
He is 21 years old. Sader’s father, Jad Issa, has an extra chromosome. But this does not prevent him from being a better father, husband and head of a happy family.
The story of Sader and his dad recently began to spread virally on the network – publications about them appeared in Spain, Britain, USA, Brazil, Australia, South America, Asia and Serbia. We decided to talk about this family in India.
In interview Syrian Society for Social Development Sader talked about how his father raised him and took care of him. “If I could choose my dad myself, I would not dream of anyone else,” he says.
Sader’s parents got married 23 years ago. The choice of the bride did not bother anyone, although Jud was three years younger than his wife and he was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Jada in the village was known as a hardworking, executive and kind man.
… The example of his father motivated Sader to try to become better, to achieve everything possible for the sake of the man who worked so hard for him. Talking about his parents, Sader emphasises that their family is no different from thousands of others: “They, like many, quarrel and make peace. There is a lot of love, simplicity and humility in their life. ”