- By: Adrian Jubb
Sarah Merriman is six years old, conventionally naughty and enchanting by turns, and a radio star. But, unconventionally, she has Down's syndrome.
Down's syndrome is standard fodder for most medical genetics courses, but the trials and rewards connected with parenting a Down's child are beyond their scope.
Andy Merriman lays bare how his elation at the birth of his daughter was quashed by the diagnosis of Down's syndrome. He is honest about his emotional detachment from his newborn child and his despair at the label it placed on their family. The isolation they initially felt draws the sympathy of the neutral observer and the empathy of those turning to the book for guidance with their own Down's child. Herein lies the book's strength. The author's candour is invaluable to couples in a similar situation, as well as their wider family and friends, who may be looking for assurances that their