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Down syndrome: A family's journey

Published March 07. 2011 05:08PM

Last March, Mary Anne Christo gave birth to twin sons. She and her husband, Eric Waksmunski, anticipated complications as the boys were born 10 weeks early, but were devastated when both boys were diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Shane and Wyatt had a rough start, faced multiple surgeries and spent the first few months of their lives in the hospital. The twins have dealt with more in their first year, than most people experience in an entire lifetime.

The next few months had their ups and downs, as the Mahoning Valley couple came to grips with the fact that their lives had changed forever. Old dreams were tucked away, and new, fragile dreams have taken their place. Life is now lived one day at a time and no one looks too far beyond tomorrow.

As the holidays neared, and the family anticipated celebrating the twins' first Christmas, life began to veer off track again. Wyatt's health began to deteriorate, and every breath was becoming more and more difficult.

For most of December and January, Wyatt remained in the hospital, where doctors poked and probed, hoping to find the source of his most recent medical problems.

Then finally, in a hospital operating room, doctors discovered why the strong-willed baby couldn't breathe.

In Chapter Three read about Wyatt's latest medical journey, and learn why he's earned the nickname "Super Wy."

Grab your copy of today's TIMES NEWS or visit the link to the Down syndrome special report, located on the TIMES NEWS website front page.

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