A dentistry student shared the heartwarming story of his father, who has Down’s syndrome, and how his father’s unwavering support enabled him to pursue his education.
Jad Issa endured strenuous labor at a wheat mill factory in Syria, tirelessly earning money to fulfill his son Sader’s aspirations of becoming a dentist.
In a heartfelt video recorded for the Syrian Society for Social Development, Sader earnestly stated, ‘My father has Down’s Syndrome’.
He openly discussed the difficulties of growing up with a parent who has the prevalent genetic disorder, stating, ‘This is a challenge for many people and many people cannot do this’.
Nevertheless, he firmly asserted that his parents’ bond is no different from any other, despite his father having Down’s syndrome, affirming, ‘Their relationship is natural like other couples’.
Sader shared with Metro that his parents, a contentedly married couple, have faced criticism and harsh remarks over the years.
‘One of the concerns people have is how can a woman who doesn’t have Down’s syndrome marry a man with Down’s syndrome?’ he explained. ‘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’.
Speaking to the Syrian Society for Social Development, Sader expressed his pride when his father introduces him to new acquaintances for the first time, proudly proclaiming, “My son is a doctor.” He noted the profound sense of pride and joy in his father’s eyes, as if saying, ‘I have Down’s syndrome but I raised my son and did everything to help him become a doctor’.
Concluding with deep gratitude, Sader stated, “I’m proud of him.”
Jad continues to work diligently at the wheat mill factory located near his son’s birthplace.
Sader explained that in Syria, many view the prospect of having a child with Down’s syndrome as the most undesirable outcome, leading to a significant number opting for abortion. He reflected, ‘If my grandmother was convinced of this idea, I wouldn’t be here today. But for my father, it was easy.’
He went on to emphasize that a child raised by a person with Down’s syndrome can receive the same level of love and care as anyone else.
Sader, who received both financial and emotional support from his father throughout his dental school journey, expressed that he could never envision having a different father. He stated, ‘I’m proud of him the same way he is proud of me.’