Down syndrome from a father's perspective.

The Four-Leaf Clover

(Connie’s Version)

Who knows why Down syndrome occurs? Why does the extra 21st chromosome stick to the cell when the fertilized egg begins its first cell division?

It can be compared to what happens in nature, to a field of clover. Usually, we see 3 leaves on each clover. Once in a while, however, we find a clover that has an extra leaf making it a four-leaf clover. We don’t know why Mother Nature decided to add that extra leaf; she just did.

There is no obvious explanation all of the clover plants grew in the same soil, were exposed to the same sun and rain, etc. Mother Nature just decided to add an extra leaf to one of the clover in the clover patch. This doesn’t make it better or not as good as the other clover it just makes it different. Some people even believe it brings a person good luck when they find a four-leaf clover.

It is much the same way with the extra chromosome. We don’t know why Mother Nature didn’t let the cell divide evenly, but she didn’t. She decided to add another chromosome to that baby’s cells. It doesn’t make the baby better or not as good as the other babies it just makes him or her different.

And if you find one of those babies, you are truly lucky for they are very special babies who grow into very special people.

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Originally downloaded March 20, 2010 from http://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/usa_2010.htm