Damaris, a dynamic four year old, was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. From the second she was born, her family knew that her presence would change their lives for the better.
When Liz and Geovanny first found out they were pregnant with their little girl, they could not wait to meet her. Twelve hours after delivery, the doctor came in with a diagnosis of Down syndrome along with a possible heart murmur and eye issues. Liz, a medical assistant, had recognized the facial features and was not shocked by the diagnosis. Geovanny was in denial at first, but ultimately came to terms with the diagnosis, noting that “Damaris is perfect in every way. She makes our family complete.”
Thankfully, Damaris’s heart murmur closed on its own and she did not need to undergo surgery. Each year, Damaris progresses more and more.
“I think to myself, ‘Where would we be without UCP-OC,'” Damaris’s mother, Liz, shared. Now, having been with UCP-OC for almost 3 years, Damaris has reached milestones and accomplished many goals.
Participating in physical, occupational, and speech therapy has helped Damaris to flourish into a tenacious little girl with a sparkling personality. Today, Damaris can walk and her speech is becoming more clear every day. And as for tomorrow, we cannot wait to see what more she accomplishes.
We are so thankful to be able to provide services and programs to Damaris and her family. To help support Damaris and other UCP-OC kiddos, click here!