“IT was a real shock. It’s hard to explain but you almost have to go through the whole mourning process for the perfect child you thought you had.”
Rachel Green is remembering the news that was handed to her when she went for a routine pregnancy scan at 20 weeks – only to be told her child had Down’s Syndrome.
Today at seven-months-old, gorgeous baby Jeannie-Lea is clearly the apple of her mum’s eye, but Rachel from Coleshill says it is only thanks to the support and advice from Solihull Downs Syndrome Support Group that she and husband Mark were prepared for life ahead: “I contacted them when I was pregnant, and the help from other mums and dads who have been through it was fantastic. You want to know the positives and they do a lot for the children and pay for things like speech and language therapy which Jeannie-Lea will be starting soon.
“By the time Jeannie-Lea arrived, we had come to terms with the fact she had Downs. “We had anticipated medical problems, but she has had all the medical checks and is fine.”
Now in a bid to raise funds for the local group, the couple are holding an Elvis Tribute night, at Knowle British Legion, starring 40-year-old Mark!
Rachel, a human resources manager said: “My husband is an Elvis Tribute Act, and will be performing on Friday September 17, from 7.30pm til late.
There will be the Tribute act, disco, and a raffle, and an auction to raise much-needed funds.
Tickets are £5 and children will go in free. People can call Emma on 0773 6813798 or Mark on 07729 306729 for tickets or pop along to Knowle British Legion.”
Call Solihull Downs Syndrome Support Group on 0121 744 1385 for advice.
Visit www.elvisexperience.co.uk for more details about Mark’s act.