American Ashley Zambelli (23 years old) loves children and has always dreamed of having a large family. Despite her young age, she is already a mother of three children and has had four miscarriages.
The last miscarriage was in 2019. Then she was carrying a boy with Down syndrome. In December 2020, Ashley finally became a mother, when Lillian (soon to be three) was born. She also had Down Syndrome.
In December 2021, Evelyn (soon to be 2 years old) was born and is completely healthy. But when Ashley was 14 weeks along with Katherine, who was born this summer, it turned out that that fetus also had Downs disease. Then the doctors were surprised.
So, they decided to investigate Ashley more closely. It was a big surprise when the results showed that Ashley also had Down Syndrome – but of a very rare type.
– People say I don’t seem to have it. And I even had some trouble accepting the diagnosis. “I had no idea this alternative existed,” she told the Daily Mail.
The girl from Detroit in the USA has what is called mosaic downs, which means that some of her cells contain 46 normal chromosomes, while others contain 47 chromosomes. Now the little girl has an explanation for many of the problems she suffered growing up.
“I finally understood why the tests at school were so tough,” she told the Daily Mail.
– I also had problems with my jaw muscles, and my knees and shoulders often came out of their joints. My heart was always beating so fast, it didn’t take anything before my breath was out of breath, and it kept going.
She now knows that it all comes from the condition she was born with.
-I was really happy when I got the diagnosis. “Now I get much better health care,” she says.
Ashley is now a passionate advocate for genetic testing, and has told her story on both TikTok and Instagram.
“I want to help spread information about all types of Down syndrome,” she says in an interview with People magazine.
Her boyfriend Taylor Doyle (28) is fully supportive of Ashley. Like her, he loves their three daughters more than anything on earth – and can’t wait to see what they’ll be like when they grow up.
– If I had not become a mother, I would never have found out that I had Down’s disease, Ashley tells People magazine.
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