He did not even think twice.
33-year-old Evgeny Anisimov felt extremely happy when his son Misha was born. But the Doctors soon told him that his son was born with down syndrome. The news left him in fear and uncertainty for his son.
He said. – “In my life, after all, nothing had changed, in general. I was still with two arms, with two legs. My professional knowledge had gone nowhere,”
“My determination, activity, curiosity, and so on—everything was with me. Everything happened as I planned, my son was born. But the child is special, his life and future destiny are already very significant.”
His sadness turned into determination.
Evgeny realized that he was being selfish and needed to be a father to his son. He soon started researching how to help his son with Down syndrome.
“I learned that in Europe, people with Down Syndrome are well-socialized, can live and work independently. But the decision I had already made was not influenced by that,” said Evgeny.
He always wanted to take care of his son but his mother had some other plans.
She wanted to give their boy up to foster care.
Evgeny tried convincing his wife that they get this through together but she could not be convinced. They parted their ways.
“Now I understand that she was just scared at the time, she started to act according to the wrong scenario, and by then, the rubicon was already crossed and it was too late to retreat from the scenario,” he remarked.
Evgeny has since raised Mishka by himself.
Every day he does everything for his son by himself. He cooks for him gives him a bath and tucks him in the bed at night.
Evgeny also plans various activities like swimming and speech treatment for Misha to develop him physically and mentally. Misha has been going to the swimming classes since he was just five months old.
Evgeny is grateful to many people who came forward and helped him financially and emotionally.
He also hopes to spread knowledge about down syndrome and assist families dealing with it.