Who is Tim?

Tim was supposed to be aborted because his mother did not want him after Tim had been diagnosed with Down syndrome (Trisomy 21).  That was 1997.  Doctors artificially initiated his birth expecting Tim to die during or shortly after birth. But Tim wanted to live.

At his birth he was 32 cm (12.5 inches) and 690 (1.5 lbs.) grams small. Nine hours passed without care, before they finally helped him. By then, his body temperature had dropped to 28 degrees Celsius (82.4 Fahrenheit). But Tim kept fighting. He did not want to die.

In his first few weeks and months of life each infection could have been fatal for him. Above all, his body had been severely damaged by the abortion and the deprivation during those first few hours: His lungs had not developed properly. The records, from the children's hospital to which he was brought after the first difficult hours, list more than a dozen injuries.

Unwanted by his own parents, in the spring of 1998 a foster family lovingly took him in. Since then he has had many great times in which he could freely laugh and be happy. Of course there were and are many difficult times, during which the personal commitment of his foster parents was greatly required. Tim had to temporarily wear a helmet, so as not to hurt himself.  For a long time he could not walk. Still he cannot speak. He had to be fed through a tube.

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