Ahmed Abdel Karim has not had one of the easiest starts in life – and that is putting it mildly. The five year old boy not only suffers from Down’s Syndrome but is also a Syrian refugee after his mother swapped him at birth in exchange for a so called ‘normal’ baby.
While such a thing is heart-breaking and unthinkable for most of us, it was easy for his mother who made a deal with a midwife and paid for a healthy child, leaving Ahmed with another mother whose baby had been stolen.
After finding him in the refugee camp, Daniel Vais, who runs a north London dance group for people with Down’s Syndrome, said:
Our hearts are breaking for Ahmed, and we are particularly keen to get him to see a specialist doctor, and to buy him warm clothes and proper shoes.
We know his past is tragic, but we are more concerned about Ahmed’s future.
He needs to be cared for by experts who understand Down’s syndrome and the associated conditions which could present.
This has really made us pause and think about how we often complain about meaningless things in life – and take a moment to spare a thought for Ahmed.