After Al and Sharon Martinelli had their first son who was born
with short limbs, they thought they had the assurance they needed before
having their second child.
"One of the questions that we asked a team of doctors is, if we
have more children, what are the chances (of having another child with a
disorder)," Al said. "They looked at me in the eye and said the chances
would be a million to one."
The Cocolalla couple also had family history on
their side. Neither Al nor Sharon had a history of any disorders in
But, three years later, their second son was born with Down syndrome.
"We saw one of the doctors we had seen three
years before, and you should have seen the expression on that man's
face," Al said. "He was devastated when he saw Chris. That poor guy
didn't know what to say."
Martinelli said having two sons with conditions
was devastating for the young couple starting out after he had served in
the Navy Reserve during the Vietnam War.
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