Dr. Manny: Do not ever give up a child with special needs

February 6, 2015 9:11 PM

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Dr. Manny: Do not ever give up a child with special needs

In my 30 years of delivering babies, I have seen many unfortunate circumstances in which a child is brought into this world with an unexpected challenge. Sometimes, the challenges are genetic, or sometimes they are developmentally induced, but no doubt the child has special needs. In these special pregnancies, a parent may be fortunate enough to know the challenges ahead of time, and can analyze the situation, and work with their doctors to understand it. It gives the parents time to bring comfort and compassion to their pregnancy.

I recently read a story that shook me to my core, about a couple in Armenia who were told after the birth of their child, that he was special needs. The father, looking at his child, felt an instant connection and immediately accepted the news and his son as his own. On the other end of the spectrum...

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