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Sarah Boston, mother of a Down's syndrome child who died at the age of 9 months, sets out to discover what life would have been like for her had her son survived. She meets a family with a young Down's syndrome child, hears how the parents first reacted, and how they not only had to make their own adjustment but also to help their relatives and friends come to terms with the child's disability. She also meets a woman who adopted two Down's Syndrome children and is regarded by many people as a saint or a martyr. Is adolescence the most difficult time, when the gap between a normal and a Down's child would be most evident. Meeting a family facing this problem, Sarah Boston finds the teenager capable enough to maintain academic and social contact with his peers, although unable to share their growing independence. Finally, she meets a young adult who is making his way in life in spite of his disability. Her conclusion is that the ready availability of pre-natal testing for this condition emphasises its disadvantages rather that its possibilities.
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