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The Norm-Defying Chromosome

Qiu Yan defied doctor’s prediction which said she wouldn’t live past the age of 5

We all love a good underdog story. Tales about how those with less privilege compared to most of us can embrace their differences to make life meaningful, no matter how tough it can be. 

In light of World Down Syndrome Day, you can count on us to bring you an underdog story that very well reminds us to not take anything for granted, regardless of how unimportant it may seem. 

Here, we bring you a story of a close-knit family which treats their youngest Down syndrome member of the family just like any other normal child - with love, patience and devotion. 

Check out the full video interview here:

Qiu Yan is 21 this year.

Two days after giving birth, Nicole Ho was informed by her doctor that her youngest newborn child, Ng Qiu Yan, is born with Down syndrome. 

But instead of giving up, Nicole decided to cope as best they can with their lives, and one of the most life-changing decisions they made as a family was to start a full-time business that allowed them to spend more time with Qiu Yan. 

A fighter 

Right after Qiu Yan was born, the family was told that she wouldn’t live past the age of five. 

But evidently, not only did she defy the doctor’s life-expectancy estimation, she also turned out to be quite the strong fighter and an inspiration in the family.