Day Twenty-nine

October 30, 2008 at 12:38 am 2 comments

This picture is the group of family and friends who came to the hospital the day Polina and I left the hospital.  She was three weeks old.  We were told that the hospital had a tradition of a champagne toast when a family leaves and in the same breath were also informed that they were not planning a reception for us because our daughter had Down syndrome.

Even in the midst of my inner struggle I was appalled at this kind of discrimination.  Sergei and I called everyone we knew.  People came with flowers and balloons, presents, smiles and happiness.  Americans, Ukrainians, young and old.  Someone said it was the largest group they’ve ever had for a goodbye.

We toasted Polly’s little life and Sergei prayed and thanked God for our new daughter and asked that she would fulfill the purpose he had for her.  I squeezed the baby close and tried to pray too with every fiber of my being.  The tears that fell from my eyes had a hint of joy.

After the hugs and well wishes we all piled in to the car to go home to our apartment; me, Polly, Sergei, my mom, Elaina and Zoya.

The city looked different to me.

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Entry filed under: 31 for 21, Down syndrome, Family, Kiev, Ukraine.

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  • 1. Deborah  |  October 30, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    “We were told that the hospital had a tradition of a champagne toast when a family leaves and in the same breath were also informed that they were not planning a reception for us because our daughter had Down syndrome.”

    Wow, what a kick in the gut! how offensive! I’m so glad you had a huge group of friends to toast to Polly.

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  • 2. Christine  |  November 6, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Ditto what Deborah said!

    I remember leaving the hospital too, after only a few short days, and the world looked different to me as well.

    Funny, I look at the world today and it looks different than it did those first few months of John’s life.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

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