The face of beauty
Saturday, 10th January, 2015
By Erica Visser
When newborn Jobe Harrington was first diagnosed with Down Syndrome parents Tayla and Byron didn’t know what to expect.
Fast forward three months and the blonde haired, blue eyed boy is achieving milestones just like any other baby.
“When the doctors told us, the way they said ‘We’re so sorry’ made us feel like we’d lost a baby,” Tayla recalled.
“But he’s here with us and he’s happy and healthy.”
Jobe has learnt to roll over, is reaching and grabbing for toys and smiles at his mother when she picks him up.
Tayla created the Facebook page “Jobe’s Journey” initially to keep family and friends informed on her son’s progress, but the page has already exceeded her expectations in just a matter of weeks.
Over 1000 users are now following Jobe’s progress and it has allowed Tayla to connect with parents of children with Down Syndrome across the country.
Melbourne-based clothing label Wilson & Frenchy also recently posted a photo of Jobe as part of the #changingthefaceofbeauty campaign.
Tayla now hopes that by sharing Jobe’s story she could help to combat the many preconceptions and stereotypes still surrounding Down Syndrome.
Approximately one in every 1,100 babies born in Australia is diagnosed with Down Syndrome.
Each of them is very much an individual and face unique challenges.
It’s too early for Tayla and Byron to determine just what these challenges might be for Jobe, but they are already setting him up for the best life possible with regular speech therapy and physiotherapy.
“I’d like him to be in regular schooling,” Tayla said.
“They do better when treated like any other child.”