October 23, 2021
A medical student has shared the heartwarming story of how his father with Down Syndrome raised him to be the man he is today. The Syrian student also touched upon the loving relationship between his mom and dad.
Growing up with incredible parents and a friendly home environment is indeed a privilege for children. Often, parents go out of their way to provide for their kids, regardless of all the limitations they might be facing on a personal level.
Nonetheless, having a parent with Down Syndrome can be a daunting task for children, but this is not at all true for Sader Issa and his father, Jad. Despite his genetic condition, Issa's father proved to be a phenomenal fatherly figure.
Issa, a dentistry student from Syria, grew up with affectionate parents and received all the love any child could hope for. Jad never let his genetic disorder get in the way of raising his son. Issa spoke to the Syrian Society for Social Development:
"My father has Down Syndrome. He was a father, a husband, a family leader for 21 years. This is a challenge for many people and many people cannot do this. But for my father, it was easy (sic)."
Talking further, the young student revealed that growing up in his father's lap provided him with the perfect emotional and social support. If he could ever choose his dad, he would always pick Jad and was proud to be his son.
The Syrian man touched upon the amazing relationship between his parents. He revealed how people often asked him why his mother chose to marry a man with Down Syndrome, even though she didn't have the condition herself. He added:
"I believe if the two partners were on the same page then why not get married? They are intellectually suitable for each other; very simple but loving and caring people."
His mom, who is three years older than his father, has shown the world that people with Down Syndrome are capable of leading a happy and normal family life. Issa said he learned the importance of love, nobility, and sacrifice from his parents.
Issa explained that his father never backed down from taking on responsibility despite his genetic condition. Jad worked six days a week at a wheat factory to support his family and inspired the same qualities in his son, who also shared:
"During my studies, he was the biggest supporter economically, psychologically, and in all respects."
Instead of having society pity him for his disorder, Jad did everything in his power to set an example not just for his wife and son but also for several people around the world.
PROUD FATHER, PROUD SON
For a child, nothing can be as delightful as being a source of pride and comfort for their parents. Jad was proud of the son he raised and all his accomplishments, including his decision to study dentistry. Issa lovingly recalled:
"One of the things I'm proud of is when he introduces me to a new person for the first time and he says, 'My son is a doctor.'"
Issa also hailed his grandma's brave decision of choosing to have his father, despite knowing that he had Down Syndrome. No wonder Jad and Issa's exemplary story is a living example that love is the only thing that truly matters.
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