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Holding Baby Niece Creates True Joy For Man With Down’s Syndrome

Happiness can come from the littlest of things. A breath of fresh air, the roar of a warm fire on a cold night, a foot massage, a delicious chocolate chip cookie, the caress of a lover, or a smooth water-worn worry stone can all create happiness, but joy, true joy, only comes around a few times a person’s life.

For 20-year-old Daniel Throop, true happiness is as simple as holding his three-month-old niece for the first time.

Kevin Throop believes that it is important that everyone knows that his brother Daniel doesn't just have low-functioning Down syndrome. Daniel also has an unfaltering belief that the world is a wonderful place and an abiding love for everyone.

Kevin says it makes him sad that the vast majority of people only see Daniel’s diagnosis, and it’s only becoming harder for people to see his caring side as his brother matures into an adult.

These amazing pictures were taken when Kevin and his wife and parents had just returned to California after an extensive vacation abroad. Keep in mind that this was Daniel’s first opportunity to meet his now three-month-old niece named Maysen.

Kevin took this heat warming pic of his brother and his daughter Maysen meeting for the first time and bonding, and the incredible image has been viewed by tens of thousands on social media due to the unconditional love it captures.

According to Kevin, Daniel has always loved babies, and has never shown anything but love and care to an infant. These days, however, Kevin says that regretfully as a larger adult Daniel is often refused permission to hold babies simply because people are fearful he has Down syndrome.

“My wife and I let him hold our baby today and here is his look when we gave her to him and then the way he held her without movement for five minutes,’ Kevin noted in his recent Reddit post.

“I almost cried,” he concludes his moving post.

In his popular post (which has over 133,000 likes), Kevin expresses his deepest hope is that seeing these joy on Daniel’s face in these pics will help people be less prejudiced towards people living with Down syndrome.

“I hope people learn that individuals with DS give the purest type of love,” he commented in an interview after the pics he took of Daniel and Maysen bonding pics went viral on the web.

Kevin went on to explain exactly what he meant: “All the kid wanted was to hold and be held. A really simple thing."

"When he was younger I think it was easier for people to show him affection, but now that he is older he is a child trapped in a man’s body and I think this changed people’s perception.”

He concluded the interview by saying that it is his and his family’s fondest hope that the world can learn from the joy Maysen created for Daniel.

Source: AWM, Metro
Photo: Kevin Throop

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