Twins with Down Syndrome, a chance on one million

To read on Daily Mail website:

‘Nothing in the world could convince us to change them’: Parents of one in a MILLION identical twins with Down’s syndrome say they were wrong to grieve over their girls’ diagnosis

  • Identical twins Abigail and Isobel Parry, five, were born with Down’s Syndrome 
  • The odds of giving birth to identical twins with the condition is one in a million
  • But mum and dad Jodi and Matt Parry, from Chorley, Lancashire, couldn’t be prouder of their daughters and say they couldn’t change them for the world
  • The girls now go to mainstream school where they mainly communicate by sign 
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Five-year-old identical twins Abigail and Isobel (pictured in their school uniform) were born with Down’s syndrome. The odds of giving birth to identical twins with the condition is one in a million

In matching blue jeans, white smocks and suede boots, five-year-old identical twins Abigail and Isobel are not only impossible to tell apart – they’re also one in a million twins.

Because while the chances of giving birth in the UK to a baby with Down’s syndrome is approximately one in 1,000, the odds of giving birth to identical twins with the condition is one in a million.

Mum and dad Jodi and Matt Parry, from Chorley, Lancashire, admit that they both grieved when they were told their girls had the condition.

However, they couldn’t be prouder of their daughters and say even if their adorable girls could be born again without Down’s syndrome, they wouldn’t wish for Abigail and Isobel to be any different.

Jodi Parry, a police response driver, and Matt, a civil servant, with their daughters Abigail and Isobel at their home in Chorley, Lancashire. They say they couldn't be prouder of their daughters and say even if their girls could be born again without Down's syndrome, they wouldn't wish them to be any different

Jodi Parry, a police response driver, and Matt, a civil servant, with their daughters Abigail and Isobel at their home in Chorley, Lancashire. They say they couldn’t be prouder of their daughters and say even if their girls could be born again without Down’s syndrome, they wouldn’t wish them to be any different

Jodi said: ‘When they were first born we grieved when we found out they both had Down’s syndrome, but now we wouldn’t change it for the world.

‘There’s nothing in the world that could convince me to change them.’

Jodi, who works in the police force, added: ‘I wouldn’t say I have made any sacrifices because of the girls being born. It sounds sort of sugar coated but the only things that they have brought into our life are positive. There’s nothing negative.’

Matt, who works as a civil servant, said: ‘I don’t care how many chromosomes they’ve got. I don’t care about the biology and the science behind the Down’s syndrome. It doesn’t matter.

Abigail and Isobel with their mother, father and brother Finn pictured at home on November 3, 2016 in Chorley, England. Jodi said: 'When they were first born we grieved when we found out they both had Down's syndrome but now we wouldn't change it for the world'

Abigail and Isobel with their mother, father and brother Finn pictured at home on November 3, 2016 in Chorley, England. Jodi said: ‘When they were first born we grieved when we found out they both had Down’s syndrome but now we wouldn’t change it for the world’

Finn, eight, has dinner with his sisters Abigail and Isobel at home. He said: 'My life wouldn't be the same without them. Down's syndrome means that I have to help my sisters a bit more than if I had sisters with no Down's syndrome because they would be able to learn quicker'

Finn, eight, has dinner with his sisters Abigail and Isobel at home. He said: ‘My life wouldn’t be the same without them. Down’s syndrome means that I have to help my sisters a bit more than if I had sisters with no Down’s syndrome because they would be able to learn quicker’

‘I have learnt there is no difference between them and [their brother] Finn other than the speed with which they are developing,’

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