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Madeline Stuart, Model With Down Syndrome, to Have Open-Heart Surgery

Update: On Monday, Madeline Stuart’s mother, Rosanne, posted on Instagram that Madeline is out of surgery and doing OK. On Sunday, Madeline Stuart, an Australian model who has Down syndrome, announced on Instagram she was being admitted to the hospital for open-heart surgery on Monday.Stuart made the announcement to her followers directly from the hospital. She wrote in her post: So today we checked into hospital, unfortunately I have gone into heart failure and my heart has enlarged to a point where if they do not operate it will not be able to be fixed. Tomorrow morning I will have open-heart surgery to hopefully repair my mitral valve that has reached a 4 out of 4 defect. I am so sorry I have not shared this news sooner but it has been a very stressful time. I know you will all be praying for me and I am so very grateful for that. I love you all. View this post on Instagram So today we checked into hospital, unfortunately I have gone into heart failure and my heart has enlarged to a point where if they do not operate it will not be able to be fixed. Tomorrow morning I will have open heart surgery to hopefully repair my Mitral valve that has reached a 4 out of 4 defect. I am sorry I have not shared this news sooner but it has been a very stressful time. I know you will all be praying for me and I am so very grateful for that. I love you all ❤A post shared by Madeline Stuart (@madelinesmodelling_) on Dec 9, 2018 at 2:58am PST Stuart was scheduled for surgery at the end of November, but she was sick and surgery had to be postponed. Her mother, Rosanne, wrote on Instagram, “Today we went to Prince Charles for Maddy to have surgery but unfortunately it was postponed again because of her cough. We will try again next week.” View this post on Instagram Today we want into Prince Charles for Maddy to have surgery but unfortunately it was postponed again because of her cough. We will try again next week.A post shared by Rosanne Stuart (@rosannestuart) on Nov 28, 2018 at 12:36am PST According to the National Down Syndrome Society, half of babies born with Down syndrome have a heart defect, many of which require surgery. Rosanne wrote in a 2015 CNN article that Madeline had her first open-heart surgery when she was 8 weeks old. Doctors gave her only a 13 percent chance of survival. “Maddy was a fighter and, in the end, didn’t let the odds win,” Rosanne said.On Monday morning, Rosanne posted an update on Instagram, letting people know her daughter had been in surgery for three hours and expected the surgery to take four or five more hours. She also thanked people for their messages and support. View this post on Instagram Post updates by mum @rosannestuart Maddy went to surgery 3hrs ago, she is with an amazing team and hopefully she will be out of surgery in about 4 to 5 hours. Thank you for all your beautiful messages and we will update you when all is over.A post shared by Madeline Stuart (@madelinesmodelling_) on Dec 9, 2018 at 3:25pm PST “Maddy went to surgery 3hrs ago, she is with an amazing team,” Rosanne wrote. “Thank you for all your beautiful messages and we will update you when all is over.”

Madeline Stuart, Model With Down Syndrome, Models at 2016 Fall NYFW

Backstage at the Manhattan Center, Madeline Stuart is practicing her runway walk. The 19-year-old darts between hordes of models, many of whom, at 6-feet-tall, tower over her petite frame. While any other person might be intimidated, Stuart, now walking at her third New York Fashion Week, doesn’t bat an eye. Stuart may not be the only model with Down syndrome walking at Fashion Week this year, but she is by far the most prolific. In addition to her two years at New York Fashion Week, Stuart has walked in several other international fashion weeks and has appeared in print campaigns, music videos and as the face of several companies. It’s half an hour until showtime, and if Stuart is nervous, she certainly doesn’t show it. In the waiting area, it seems as if everyone knows her name, and she greets them all as if they were old friends, taking the time to pose for selfies and high-fiving other models as they strut by. It’s almost time for the audience to take their seats, and Rosanne Stuart, Madeline’s mother, is running through last minute preparations with her daughter. “Can we get someone to touch up her makeup?” Rosanne Stuart asks, scanning the room for a makeup artist. It’s coming up on 8 p.m., and Stuart has been at the center since before 5 p.m. “Burgers?” Stuart asks her mother, who flags down a tube of lipstick matching her daughter’s complexion. “Of course, we can get burgers after the show,” she replies. Stuart grins and then pouts as an assistant touches up her lips. As Stuart is getting her lipstick reapplied, her mother and a filmographer working on a documentary about Stuart get settled in the audience. Stuart, who is walking for Bound By The Crown Couture, is the last of three shows. It is finally Stuart’s turn on the catwalk. All heads turn as she bounds down the runway, the cape of her black dress held up by both of her hands. Stuart’s energy is contagious, and everyone in the audience is cheering, making more noise for Stuart than they did for any other model. By the time Stuart reaches the end of the runway she has solidified herself as the star of the show, a title she further cements by doing a cartwheel at the end of the runway. The audience rises to their feet as she turns to walk back, her face beaming with pride. At 19-years-old, Stuart has the schedule of a New York Fashion Week elite. When she isn’t walking in one of her four shows, she’s getting the VIP treatment somewhere else. Her jam-packed itinerary includes sitting front row at other fashion shows, parties, pilates class, red carpet events and fittings. Her second and third shows fall right in the middle of fashion week. For her second show, Stuart walks for the Speechless Vulgarity collection. At her third show, Art Hearts Fashion Show, Stuart walks twice. First for House of Byfield and then Rutu Designs. Stuart closes out her final New York Fashion Week show dressed in Vivian Hu, performing with Disney Channel songstress Meredith O’Connor, as part of a benefit for the Steven Siller Foundation. The two performed “Stronger,” of which Stuart also appears in the music video. Now that New York Fashion Week is over, Stuart has two weeks to rest before gearing up for her next show. According to Stuart’s mother, the teenager will be home in Australia for a bit and then off to Tokyo for Tokyo Fashion Week. In November it’s off to Dubai for Runway Dubai. To learn more about Madeline Stuart follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Tennis Star Bernard Tomic Under Fire for Saying Retarded at Wimbledon

Australian tennis star, Bernard Tomic, is getting heat for an insensitive remark made during a press conference at the Wimbledon Championships. Referring to having to wait for his opponent, Fernando Verdasco, to enter the court, Tomic remarked, “Yeah, I did get to the court prior to him very early, and unfortunately I had to stand on court like a retard.” Upset by his thoughtless remark, Rosanne Stuart – mother to Madeline Stuart, a model with Down syndrome – wrote a letter, which she shared with the Daily Mail. “After seeing your interview on national television I am horrified and disgusted that a capable man such as yourself could be so naive and ugly with your use of language in the public arena,” the letter begins. “As you know, I have a daughter with Down syndrome and this disgraceful comment would be referring to her if we took it literally. Mind you, I am also completely at a loss as to how waiting around on a tennis court can reflect in any way on her behaviour or anyone with an intellectual disability.” “Mr. Tomic, I will remind you that people with intellectual disabilities are either born that way or become that way because of sickness or an accident,” Stuart writes. “They do not choose to have these extra challenges that they have to face each and every day including delightful discrimination such as yours.” Stuart closed her letter with this powerful message: “We are now living in the 21st Century and please remember you and her are public figures and people look up to you and support you. How can we expect the younger generation to continue to grow and learn humility and love with this type of example. I hope you have learned from this act of complete naivety that the ‘R’ word is never acceptable in any situation or used in any manner of reference.” Tomic has since apologized, saying the words did not come out correctly. Spread the Word to End the Word! You can head here to pledge to stop using the R-word. It’s a step toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.

Madeline Stuart, Down Syndrome Model in Caspian Fashion Week

At this point we’re not surprised when Madeline Stuart breaks barriers — but her accomplishments are still worth celebrating. Next week, the 19-year-old model with Down syndrome will walk in Caspian Fashion Week in Astrakan, Russia, making her the first model with Down syndrome, and possibly the first model with an intellectual disability, to walk a runway in the country, her management told The Mighty. Photo via Jason Williamson Management Stuart has walked in New York Fashion Week two times since first making headlines in May of last year. She got into modeling after changing her lifestyle and losing more than 40 pounds. She’s gone on to amass a huge fan base — she has more than 600,000 Facebook followers — earn contracts with brands Manifesta, Living Dead Clothing and GlossiGirl Cosmetics, have a one-of-a-kind doll made after her and launch her own handbag line with a fashion company called EverMaya. All the while, she’s been a prominent Down syndrome advocate. “[Madeline] wants people to know Down Syndrome is a blessing,” her mother Rosanne Stuart previously told The Mighty, “something to be celebrated.” In March, she took a public stance against bullying, pairing up with I Can I Will Australia, a nonprofit aimed at ending bullying. I Can I Will has a mentoring program that pairs young adults with children with special needs, or youths who are “struggling socially,” and Stuart serves as an ambassador for the organization. “Maddy just likes to show people that if they believe in themselves they are capable of anything,” her mother told The Mighty. “To never give up or doubt yourself.” Madeline at an I Can I Will event Her most recent shoot took place in Culpeper, Virginia, where she posed in several bridal gowns for wedding photographer Sarah Houston. “[The shoot] was to break down barriers, to let people see and understand that people with disabilities get married also,” Stuart told The Mighty in an email. Sarah Houston Photography | Photo courtesy of Rosanne Stuart Caspian Fashion Week will take place from April 21-24. You can keep up with Stuart on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and her website. Have you seen the first film with a national release to star a person with Down syndrome? Check out the film “Where Hope Grows” today! Available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes .

Madeline Stuart Dazzles in Wedding Photo Shoot

Just weeks after her New York Fashion Week (NYFW) takeover, Madeline Stuart, the 18-year-old world-famous model with Down syndrome, looks absolutely radiant in a whimsical bridal shoot. Sarah Houston Photography | Photo courtesy of Rosanne Stuart Stuart, from Brisbane, Australia, did her latest shoot at Rixey Manor, a popular wedding venue, in Culpeper, Virginia, with photographer Sarah Houston. She modeled a number of gowns, hair accessories and florals. “Not getting married,” Stuart wrote on Facebook. “Just a photo shoot lol.” “[The shoot] was to break down barriers, to let people see and understand that people with disabilities get married also,” her mother Rosanne Stuart told The Mighty in an email. Sarah Houston Photography | Photo courtesy of Rosanne Stuart Sarah Houston Photography | Photo courtesy of Rosanne Stuart Sarah Houston Photography | Photo courtesy of Rosanne Stuart In the last year, along with appearing twice at NYFW, Stuart has made great strides in the modeling industry and in the advocacy world. “[Madeline] wants people to know Down Syndrome is a blessing,” Rosanne Stuart told The Mighty last year, “something to be celebrated.” Stuart has had contracts with brands Manifesta and Living Dead Clothing, is the first face behind the GlossiGirl Cosmetics “Beauty Is…” campaign, had a one-of-a-kind doll made after her, and now is launching her own handbag line with a fashion company called EverMaya. The teen is also an ambassador for I Can I Will Australia, a nonprofit aimed at ending bullying. She acts as a mentor for young adults with special needs. The photo shoot below is just the latest of her big accomplishments. Sarah Houston Photography | Photo courtesy of Rosanne Stuart Sarah Houston Photography | Photo courtesy of Rosanne Stuart Sarah Houston Photography | Photo courtesy of Rosanne Stuart Sarah Houston Photography | Photo courtesy of Rosanne Stuart Sarah Houston Photography | Photo courtesy of Rosanne Stuart Related: Behind the Scenes With the World’s Most Famous Model With Down Syndrome Have you seen the first film with a national release to star a person with Down syndrome? Check out the film “Where Hope Grows” today! Available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes .

Madeline Stuart Model With Down Syndrome Takes a Stand to End Bullying

Madeline Stuart, the world-famous professional model with Down syndrome, is paying it forward. After walking the runway at New York Fashion Week last month, Stuart, 19, returned home to Australia and attended a pair of events for I Can I Will Australia, a nonprofit aimed at ending bullying. I Can I Will has a mentoring program that pairs young adults with children with special needs, or youths who are “struggling socially,” and Stuart serves as an ambassador for the organization. Stuart speaks at events and does photo shoots with the organization. On Friday, Feb. 26 Stuart attended the Be Fabulous Ladies Luncheon at the Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill in Brisbane, and modeled designs by Miss Henry Boutique at the gathering. I Can I Will partnered with the restaurant in a bid to raise $100,000 over the course of the year, which they hope will put 2,000-4,000 Gold Coast children into their program, according to its Facebook page. Image courtesy of Madeline Stuart Image courtesy of Madeline Stuart Stuart later attended the Philanthropists Luncheon at Jellyfish restaurant for anotherI Can I Will fundraiser, and she was happy to pose for a number of photos with fellow guests at the event. Rosanne Stuart told The Mighty her daughter is embracing her position as a role model, and happy to use her fame to raise awareness for ending bullying. “Maddy just likes to show people that if they believe in themselves they are capable of anything,” Stuart told The Mighty. “To never give up or doubt yourself.” Image courtesy of Madeline Stuart Image courtesy of Madeline Stuart “Maddy has always wanted to help everyone and share everything she had with her friends,” Stuart added. “Now she just feels the love from everyone, and she feels so very special.”   Image courtesy of Madeline Stuart In addition to her modeling career and philanthropy work, Stuart is also an ambassador for the InsideOutside Dance Ensemble, a dance group for people with disabilities. For more updates on Stuart, be sure to visit her Facebook page and website. Have you seen the first film with a national release to star a person with Down syndrome? Check out the film “Where Hope Grows” today! Available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes .

Model With Down Syndrome Rocks New York Fashion Week Again

She’s done it again. Madeline Stuart, the world’s most famous model with Down syndrome, made her second appearance on a New York Fashion Week (NYFW) runway. The 18-year-old Australian model walked the catwalk on Monday at the FTL Moda show at the Angel Orsensaz Foundation in Manhattan. She first rocked an etherial, winter-inspired look by Lulu te Gigi, complete with a furry white hat. Then she again reappeared in a beautiful formal purple and gold number by Josefa Da Silva. Photos by Melissa McGlensey/The Mighty Photos by Melissa McGlensey/The Mighty Photos by Melissa McGlensey/The Mighty Photos by Melissa McGlensey / The Mighty Photos by Melissa McGlensey / The Mighty Also in attendance was Rebekah Marine, known as the “bionic model” because she has a prosthetic limb. Marine walked in the Da Silva show accompanied by a little girl who was also missing a limb. Shaholly Ayers, who also has a prosthetic limb, walked the runway as well. Photos by Melissa McGlensey / The Mighty Photos by Melissa McGlensey / The Mighty To Stuart’s mother, Rosanne Stuart, her daughter’s second appearance at NYFW is an important marker in her career. “I think today is cementing her in the industry; she isn’t just a one hit wonder who walked in New York Fashion week once,” she told The Mighty. “She’s settled in the industry. She’s a model now.” Stuart backstage in hair and make up. Photos by Melissa McGlensey / The Mighty Stuart getting ready backstage. Photos by Melissa McGlensey / The Mighty Her second appearance at NYFW is only one of Stuart’s many recent accomplishments in the last year, including being the first professional model with Down syndrome to be the face of a cosmetic company, releasing her own handbag, starring in a music video and more. Stuart with Italian model Fausto Di Pino. Photos by Melissa McGlensey / The Mighty Stuart’s first appearance at NYFW last September was a huge success. The show took place in New York City’s Vanderbilt Hall and Stuart took two trips down the runway — one for resort wear, the other for couture. See Stuart work the runway in the video below: Madeline Stuart at #nyfw16 @madelinesmodelling_A video posted by The Mighty (@themightysite) on Feb 15, 2016 at 6:05pm PST   Despite her global success, Stuart is still looking for representation or a sponsorship to cement herself within the fashion industry. Her mother hopes her frequent appearances at NYFW can help her daughter to secure management and thrive within the industry. See more shots from the fashion show below: Courtesy of Rosanne Stuart Courtesy of Rosanne Stuart Courtesy of Rosanne Stuart Related: Behind the Scenes With the World’s Most Famous Model With Down Syndrome

Madeline Stuart, Model With Down Syndrome, Wears Disney-Inspired Looks

Madeline Stuart has done it again. The world-famous model with Down syndrome is in the habit of stunning us all. This time she’s the star of a BuzzFeed video where she rocks six different Disney-inspired looks, complete with hair, make up and outfit. Stuart looks gorgeous in everything from Rapunzel’s braid to Mulan-style bangs. Check out Stuart’s Disney-inspired looks in the video below: Stuart can now add being a BuzzFeed video star to her long list of accomplishments that includes contracts with brands Manifesta and Living Dead Clothing, being the face behind the GlossiGirl Cosmetics “Beauty Is…” campaign, owning the catwalk during New York Fashion Week, having a one-of-a-kind doll made after her and launching a handbag line. “She doesn’t worry about what other people think. She just believes in herself,” Stuart’s mother, Rosanne Stuart, told The Mighty in August. “She has no hesitation, no hang ups and she doesn’t judge anybody.” The release of the video comes on the heels of Stuart’s announcement last week that she’ll once again be returning to the runway for New York Fashion Week on Feb. 15. We can’t wait to see all that she has in store for us. To keep up with Stuart on her many adventures, follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Have you seen the first film with a national release to star a person with Down syndrome? Check out the film “Where Hope Grows” today! Available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes .