The mother wants to place her son with Down syndrome in foster care, so the father decides to raise him on his own.

Every day, thousands of babies are born worldwide with conditions that set them apart in one way or another. Of course, all babies are beautiful, and none deserve any less love, care, and attention.

Regrettably, not everyone acknowledges this fact. Some parents, incredibly, even seek to abandon or disown their children if they are not deemed perfect at birth.

According to the information, Evgeny Anisimov, 33 years old, is on a mission to show the world that children with Down syndrome are just as worthy of love and acceptance. He is raising Misha on his own after his wife decided to leave because she couldn’t cope with their son’s diagnosis.

Evgeny and his wife received the news 1 minute and 39 seconds after their son’s birth when a doctor told them, “I’m afraid your baby has Down syndrome.”

Speaking to Bored Panda, the father said, “I didn’t know what to do when I learned the assumption that my son had Down syndrome. I thought my task was now to turn off emotions, ignite thoughts, and support my wife because I thought it would be harder for her.

“The results of the analysis were promised to us in a few days, and until then, I decided not to tell her anything.”

He continues: “I remember that upon learning that my son has Down syndrome, I left the hospital crying, but not for long. Later, I was a little embarrassed by those tears. After all, nothing had changed in my life, in general.

Despite the era of understanding and reason in which we are supposed to live today, many babies with Down syndrome are still born into uncertainty due to the prejudices surrounding this condition.

A Russian father seeks to dispel all the prejudices surrounding Down syndrome while independently raising his son, Misha, who has this condition.

“I was still here with two arms, two legs, my professional knowledge hadn’t gone anywhere. My determination, my activity, my curiosity, and so on – everything was with me. Everything happened as I had planned, my son was born. But the child is special, his life and future destiny are already very significant. And I’m roaring here! It’s a kind of selfishness! Isn’t it fair? No, it’s my responsibility. You didn’t do amniocentesis – it’s clear that the probability was low, but still. You wanted a child, so you took responsibility for it. After all, there are many options: autism, cerebral palsy, genetic mutations… And trisomy 21 is not the worst, as I later learned.”

That same evening, Evgeny began his research on Down syndrome.

“I learned that in Europe, people with trisomy 21 are well socialized, can live and work independently,” he said. “But the decision I had already made was not influenced by that.”

For the new father, leaving his son simply wasn’t an option. Unfortunately, his wife didn’t share the same view.

“At no point did I think about leaving my son in an orphanage; it would be inhumane,” he said. His wife and he eventually separated, and today, Evgeny raises Misha on his own.

He explains, “When a child is born, they ask the outside world, ‘Is there a place for me here or not?’ And I answer with certainty: ‘My son, there is a place for you! Being with him, even alone, is a normal act for a normal man. I insist: I am a normal man, not some kind of hero.'”

Evgeny’s goal is to raise awareness about Down syndrome so that no future parent thinks that giving birth to a child with this condition is a punishment or an insurmountable obstacle.

He told Bored Panda, “I want all the articles about Mishka and me that are now being published to convey this idea to society and instill it. I also want to support and inspire people who are or will be in the same situation as me. I try to communicate with those who are nearby, I correspond with those who are far away. I hope that those who are facing difficulties now, as we did, will read our articles. Don’t be afraid! Everything will be fine!”

I couldn’t agree more. People like Evgeny should be highly praised. He is an inspiration, and Misha is incredibly fortunate to have a father like him. Please share this article on Facebook if you want to pay tribute to this father who always puts his child’s best interests first, no matter what!

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