When a woman gave birth to a boy, she was informed by doctors that the baby would not survive for long.
Feeling completely torn and devastated, from that moment on, the mother promised herself not to turn her back on him. Today, she realizes that she made the right decision.
Joey Wittkugle from Struthers, a town in Ohio, was unique in several ways. The child was born with Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21.
It is a genetic condition, not inherited, characterized by distinct physical features and mental, cognitive, and developmental delays.
Joey’s mother, Bobbi Wittkugle, vividly remembers the day she welcomed her little one into her life.
There are memories that never fade away. It was an unforgettable moment – a day when the woman faced a difficult choice that changed her entire life.
When the child was born, doctors advised her to abandon him, as they believed he would not be able to speak, walk, and would only live until the age of 11.
The young mother was devastated, discouraged, and felt hopeless. At that time, society struggled to accept children with Down syndrome or other genetic conditions.
A conversation with a priest completely changed her life. His availability and wise counsel allowed her to gather her courage and strength to embark on this fierce battle.
She believed that she was chosen by God to give life to this special child, and she could not turn her back on him. He needed love and affection.
On June 29, 2020, Joey celebrated his 62nd birthday, proving all the doubters wrong.
To commemorate this special day, the family organized a parade on the eve of Joey’s birthday to draw attention to these unique individuals who require love and care.
Joey’s birthday ceremony became a grand event filled with love, affection, and victory. Over 100 cars, motorcycles, and trucks passed by to wish him a happy birthday.
Joey was extremely happy, and the surprise from his family brought him great joy.
Bobbi, sitting right next to her son, tenderly embraced him and whispered the magical words, “I love you,” encapsulating a mother’s unwavering dedication to her child.