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Down but not out

DNMUM385282 | 3/21/2017 | Author : Pooja Patel | WC :456


A smiling 10-year-old Dhananjay Anith greets us as we enter his home, and requests his mother to get us water. He is clearly the apple of his family’s eye, especially adored by his grandmother, whom he calls amma. While this might come across as a normal day in any family, there’s a difference: Dhananjay is affected by Down Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects millions of people across the world.
Down Syndrome causes a delay in physical growth, thereby leading to characteristic facial features and triggers a certain amount of intellectual disability, which may vary from person to person.
The disorder, however, has not dampened his, or his family’s perpetual enthusiasm and spirit. “He looks forward to going to school
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