“Horrified” parents abandon newborn baby in hospital, but woman immediately asks “when can I take him?”
A baby abandoned by his biological parents because of his appearance was then taken in by a kind woman, who had been contacted by social services. After seeing the baby, she asked, âWhen can I take him home?
Parents are known to love their children unconditionally, but this is not true for everyone. Sadly, we live in a world where children are often deprived of the love and care of their mother and father without being at fault.
While you shouldn’t blame a baby for being born with a genetic condition or health problem, it’s not always easy to get people to understand this simple notion. This is one of the reasons why families often disown children with health problems or genetic diseases.
Sadly, the same happened to Jono Lancaster, whose parents abandoned him just 36 hours after he was born. The fragile little baby was left all alone, without the love and protection of his mother and father. He told the NORD Breakthrough Summit:
âI was born with a genetic disease that affects my facial features. I don’t have any cheekbones, so my eyes go down. I love my little ears, they don’t get cold at night. But I need hearing aids. “
Lancaster was born with a genetic condition called Treacher Collins Syndrome or TCS, which can affect 1 in 50,000 people in the United States and about 1 in 10,000 people in the United Kingdom, his country of origin.
TCS can impact the development of bone tissue in the face, jaws, cheekbones, and chin. About half of people with this disorder have hearing loss, including Lancaster, who was born in 1985 and left by his family when he was 2 days old.
Hospital staff then contacted social services, who found a caring woman named Jean to take care of him. When Jean first saw Lancaster, she did not leave him and was not afraid. Instead, she asked the nurse, “When can I take him home?”
It was then that the helpless little baby finally found a mother’s warm embrace. Jean started caring for Lancaster, giving him the love, care and support he rightly deserved. Finally, on May 18, 1990, she officially adopted him.
Jean even tried to contact his parents for 5 consecutive years but never heard from them. Growing up, the only place he felt loved was his home and his mother’s presence. The outside world was harsh and cruel to him.
Lancaster grew up hating himself with all his heart. He avoided seeing himself in the mirror because his reflection frightened him. He was ashamed of his appearance and finally began to understand why he was scaring everyone.
This continued until he reached his twenties. He was laughed at everywhere he went. Then one night he was at a bar where he met a man who surprisingly joked and laughed with him instead of laughing at him. It was then that his point of view changed.
Gradually, Lancaster changed his way of seeing things. In 2015, he met his partner, Laura, in the gym while working as a fitness trainer. The two worked together to spread positivity and smiles around them.
Unfortunately, his parents still didn’t want to do anything with him. Either way, he decided to keep going and started focusing on his dreams, ambitions and goals. In the end, he became much more than a guy with TCS.
Since then Lancaster has focused on raising awareness and helping people with various disabilities. Instead of changing people’s opinions about him, he started working on himself.
For over twenty years Lancaster suffered because of the way people avoided him and laughed at him. But thanks to the support of those close to him, he slowly changed his mind and realized his inner worth and potential.