Frankie and Debbie's Story (02:53)
Basketball sportscaster Debbie Antonelli's 18 year old son has Down syndrome, plays basketball, and won second place in freestyle swimming at the Special Olympics. He feels his condition does not deter him from anything in life.
Understanding Down Syndrome (02:46)
The genetic disorder varies by phenotype. Frankie's athleticism shows lower muscle tone can be overcome. Babies born with the condition may also have a shortened or underdeveloped gut, heart issues, or respiratory issues.
Raising a Down Syndrome Child (04:35)
Debbie learned of Frankie's condition after his birth. As Division I athletes, she and her husband decided not to make any concessions for his disability. Individuals born with the condition are only limited by associated medical conditions.
Myth or Medicine (01:35)
Dr. Stephen Sulkes explains that, while the risk of Down syndrome increases with maternal age, more babies with Down syndrome are born to younger mothers.
Navigating Special Education (03:20)
Frankie is 18 and in school. Debbie discusses choosing to mainstream him. Dr. Tiffany Pulcino talks about forming support teams for individuals with Down syndrome to help them fulfill educational goals.
Transitioning to Adult Healthcare (04:18)
Panelists talk about supporting pediatric Down syndrome patients, their families, and healthcare providers after they turn 18. Debbie expects Frankie will live independently, support himself, and pursue his dreams.
Second Opinion (02:41)
Debbie asks about AFP testing during pregnancy. Pulcino explains that early diagnosis of genetic defects can help healthcare providers prepare for birth. Frankie recommends that parents let their children be happy.
Second Opinion 5 (02:05)
Mike Stapleton shares five things to know when raising a child with Down syndrome.
Credits: Down Syndrome—Second Opinion (00:30)
Credits: Down Syndrome—Second Opinion
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