Doctors wanted to institutionalize a girl with Down syndrome, but she proved them all wrong 15 years later

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Regardless of where you live, celebrating diversity and differences among individuals around the world should be a given. After all, how boring would it be if we all looked and acted the same?

Efforts have been made in recent years to improve inclusivity in a variety of areas. To be true, certain sectors have fared better than others, but the general message is clear: someone who deviates from “the standard” is no less capable of extraordinary feats than anyone else.

Ask Kennedy Garcia, a newborn with Down syndrome who was advised by doctors to be institutionalized. Kennedy’s mother was told by doctors in Colorado Springs that her daughter would have a terrible quality of life as an adult owing to her Down syndrome. They were concerned that as an adult, she might need to wear diapers and that it would be better for her if she was placed in a specialist facility where she could live peacefully.

Renee Kennedy, Kennedy’s mother, decided to kick them all out of the hospital room. She was adamant that she would not abandon her child, and time has proven her correct. Since then, Kennedy has competed in state-wide competitions and modeled for leading brands across the United States. She also battled cancer with a steely will and unyielding tenacity, triumphing over leukemia.

“I was heartbroken to find Kennedy had the issue the night she arrived since I was being fed nothing but a terrible, dark picture portrayed by physicians and nurses who had no idea what my child’s future contained,” Renee said.

“I didn’t have a flicker of optimism until the next night, when a wonderful midwife told me Kennedy was gorgeous and looked much like her daughter, who also had the problem.”

The first question I asked was whether her daughter could walk, as I had no idea what the condition meant, and she simply laughed. Her daughter was sixteen, and she could, of course, walk.”

Kennedy has proved that difficulties can be overcome. KMR Diversity and Dream Talent Management represent her, and she has posed for American Girl and Justice Clothing. She frequently travels to Los Angeles and New York to audition for films and modeling jobs, however, she prefers to spend time with her boyfriend, Matthew, who also has Down syndrome.

Renee has only one view about the doctors who wanted Kennedy committed to a mental facility. “That’s amazing how ignorant they were all of them, and it was only 15 years ago,” she remarked. “I regret wasting time mourning for events like prom dress shopping since I was encouraged to assume that none of the typical milestones would be met.”

Renee and Kennedy have started visiting schools, teaching children of all ages about Down syndrome and how they may help others who have it. Kennedy is quickly acquiring a social media following, with over 130,000 Instagram followers now. “We’re all so proud of her and everything she’s accomplished,” Renee remarked. “She’s an amazing young lady, and we’re all very fortunate to have her in our life.”

This is a moving story about a small girl who refused to let anything stand in her way, and it emphasizes the necessity of maintaining optimism in the face of adversity. Kennedy’s tale makes us smile, and we wish her the best of luck in the future.

Watch Kennedy’s very uplifting tale in the video below!


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