A teenager born with Down’s syndrome has surpassed doctors’ expectations by thriving better than they thought – and now she not only lives a happy life but also has a boyfriend and a fast-growing modeling career.
When 15-year-old Kennedy Garcia was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, doctors said she would have no quality of life, and predicted that she would wear diapers as an adult.
But according to Subway, her mother Renee, 40, was determined that she would do better than that, and now Kennedy is contracted to a talent agency, goes to New York and Hollywood for auditions and has booked modeling appearances for American Girl, Justice Clothing, and Disney .
Overcome: When 15-year-old Kennedy Garcia was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, doctors said she would not have a quality of life because she has Down syndrome
Take that! Now Kennedy is contracted to a talent agency and goes to New York and Hollywood for auditions
Doing well! She has booked modeling performances for American Girl, Justice Clothing, Disney and more
According to Renee, doctors and medical professionals were shockingly contemptuous when Kennedy was born, and Renee recommended “giving her up for adoption” or placing her in an institution.
She said they had painted a “bleak picture” of Kennedy’s life with Down’s syndrome and that she was “deeply sad.”
But the next day she had a meeting that changed everything: a midwife said that Kennedy was beautiful and said she also had a daughter with Down’s syndrome.
The midwife told her about her own 16-year-old daughter and gave Renee a glimmer of hope for the future.
But Kennedy’s struggles were not over yet. She also fought leukemia and had to undergo a dangerous operation to correct a spinal disorder that could have left her paralyzed.
Terrible: her mother Renee said that when Kennedy was born, doctors offered to put her in an institution, and one even said that she should offer her for adoption
Hope: Renee met an obstetrician the next day, who told her everything about her own daughter with Down syndrome and how she flourished
Not easy, Kennedy got more health problems, including leukemia, but she’s doing well now
She had to wear a metal frame that had been screwed onto her skull for six months to entertain herself by watching dance videos even while she was immobilized.
But she recovered and as soon as she was good enough, she started taking dance lessons herself.
“She was absolutely in her element and we have not looked back since then,” said Renee.
Kennedy then went on to model and act and signed with KMR Diversity and Dream Talent Management.
She goes on auditions in New York and LA, scoring modeling jobs and appearances as an extra on TV shows – and recently appeared in a commercial for the American census.
She is also modeled for Zulily and Aetna and appeared in the hit show This is Us.
Famous: she regularly flies to New York and LA to audition for modeling and performing
Make a name for yourself! She has walked on runways and has appeared on This is Us
The promising teenager also thrives on a personal level. She is close to her brothers and sisters Kassidy, 20, Kameron, 18, and Keegan, 12, and has a ‘posse’ of friends, according to her mother.
“She has brought so much joy and laughter into our lives and has grown into a beautiful, funny young woman with the world at her feet,” said her mother.
Kennedy also has a friend, whom she met at the age of 12 during an audition.
Matthew, 19, also has a genetic disorder, but was brave enough to walk over himself.
“He came straight to him, gave Kennedy his cell phone and said,” I think my phone is broken because it’s missing your number, “Renee said.
Bond: She also has a friend, 19-year-old Matthew, whom she met when she was 12
Young ove: They visit FaceTime and visit each other regularly, and even went to homecoming together
Slippery! They met during an audition, where Matthew Kennedy handed over his cell phone and said, “I think my phone is broken because he misses your number”
“I couldn’t believe what a smooth talker he was, but I loved how brave and funny he was. I knew then that he and Kennedy would be good friends, but back then Kennedy said she didn’t understand what Matthew was talking about. “
When Renee explained that Matthew liked her, Kennedy was “excited” and they became a pair of FaceTiming, went to his homecoming dance and visited each other once a month.
“This was the same child doctors told me to be placed in an institution,” Renee said. “It’s shocking how bad they were and it was only 15 years ago.”
Speak against The mighty, Renee said the world has come a long way.
“I feel that progress is being made,” she said. “Kennedy is accepted almost everywhere.
Blooming: Kennedy is also close to her three brothers and sisters and has an active social life
“She and I led her Instagram together, where her followers are from different lifestyles,” her mother said
Spreading her message: Kennedy talks about Down syndrome at school
‘She and I led her Instagram together, where her followers consist of different lifestyles. It was so nice to see the different backgrounds they come from, the support they give her and the questions they ask simply because they want to understand.
“They mainly see that she is a fairly typical teenager who likes to text her friends, hangs out in the mall, makes videos on Tik Tok and talks about boys.”
She said that Kennedy also goes to high schools and high schools to talk about Down syndrome and how teenagers can become friends with children with disabilities.
“The fact that these teachers and schools even give her the opportunity to come in and speak shows how much progress has been made in recent years.” she said.
Ultimately, she wants her daughter to be happy.
“I just want her to be happy wherever her life takes her,” she said. ‘I have no doubt that she will continue to grow into an independent, strong, astonishing adult, whether she is acting, modeling, going to college, speaking in public or finding her passion elsewhere in the workplace. I just hope that she will continue to live her best life anyway. “