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When a Doctor Said They Could 'Prevent This From Happening' to Her Next Child

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Tara McCallan’s daughter, Pip, was just a few days old when several doctors confirmed her Down syndrome diagnosis. One looked at McCallan with pity and said, “If we choose to have a third baby, they could prevent this from happening.” 

“The tone was set on how some would value the life of my daughter,” McCallan says in her powerful TedxQueensU Talk below. “Right there my life and her life exploded in beautiful purpose. Right there a passion for change and a fight was awakened.”

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McCallan, a mother of two, founder of Happy Soul Project and also a Mighty contributor, goes on to recount several life-changing moments on her special needs journey.

Get the full story from McCallan’s Tedx Talk, “Be, Demand & Inspire Change:” 

Related: The Moment My Son Showed Me His Sister Will Be OK, Even After I’m Gone

Originally published: July 21, 2015
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