Challenges we faced with Jaylan and how we coped.

The first 6 months of Jaylan being born were challenging for my husband and I. Soon after the birth of Jaylan we learnt that he was suffering from a heart condition called Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), which is where the connecting channel (called the ductus arteriosus) between the foetus’ heart and lungs remains open until after birth, where they can be surgically closed or can simply close on its own.

Jaylan at age of 1

Almost 50% of infants with Down Syndrome are likely to have a heart condition of some form. We now understand that PDA is one of the most common heart conditions found with Down Syndrome babies.