Anthony continues to improve every day

Maria Garcia, Anthony's mom

Anthony was born at Borgess Hospital. The day after he was born, he was transferred to Bronson’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in December of 2016.

Anthony has Down Syndrome. This is a genetic condition where a person has three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two. Anthony was born with an imperforate anus. This is when the opening to the anus is missing or blocked. It is common in babies born with Down Syndrome. He had surgery in January of 2017 to make corrections. Because one of the incisions opened up and had to be closed again, he stayed in the NICU for 1 month and 2 days.

Anthony continues to improve every day. He is a happy 2-year-old, now that he is able to walk and get around. He loves to explore everything. He is glad he can do things on his own. Having Down syndrome means there are more challenges to come.  For now, we are happy he has surpassed his surgery and stomach issues. We never imagined that passing a stool would be such a celebration in our household!

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