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AUDIO: Concerns over new Down's Syndrome test

AUDIO: Concerns over new Down's Syndrome test

Published at 7:11am 19th January 2016. (Updated at 12:13pm 19th January 2016)

A Harrogate mumis urging caution over a new prenatal test for Down's Syndrome.

Wendy Puckrin was told that her 2-year-old son Elijah had the condition when he was born.

A new, safer test could be made available on the NHS for pregnant women in the future, after it received the backing of a Government committee.

Wendy said: "The day he was born, I was informed he had Down's Syndrome. I was not only surprised, I was shocked, scared, in fact, basically terrified.

"Had I found out while I was pregnant, there is a very good chance that he would not be here today.

"It pains me to say that, but the negativity in the media, my own preconceptions and the way that a diagnosis can be handled by the medical profession would have left me feeling like I had little choice.

"It's no wonder that 92% of prenatal diagnosis of the condition end in termination.

"With the new non-invasive tests, that figure is set to rise. In countries such as Denmark, this figure is already at 98%.

"My son is determined, intelligent, curious and downright beautiful. He is my teacher, my inspiration and my guiding star.

"Attitudes have to change. I am not anti-abortion, I am about pro-choice. That has to be an informed choice.

"I am a single Mummy local to the Harrogate area and this is now my fight, my mission. I owe it to him."

World Down Syndrome Day is a global event which takes place annually on 21 March.

Wendy is organising a gala evening on Friday 18 March at The Crown Hotel, Harrogate, to raise awareness and money for two Down's Syndrome charities.

For more information, you can e-mail Wendy at thisiselijahuk@hotmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/thisiselijahUK