MATT PARRY: What I have learnt about Down syndrome, I’ve learnt that what I knew before was wrong. FINLAY PARRY: My sisters always wake me up at 5 o’clock in the morning. They are quite
cute. They are a bit annoying. JODI PARRY: The fact that they are twins makes everything hard work. JODI PARRY: There’s just nothing in the world that could convince me to change them two. MATT PARRY: More? Go then. More higher?
Okay, go on then. COMM: The odds of having identical twins with Down’s syndrome are one in a million. Abigail
and Isobel’s diagnosis has been life changing for the Parry family, but not in the way that
some might presume. MATT PARRY: The girls have brought us together massively as a unit, but also made us appreciate
the here and now. FINLAY PARRY: Can I use the green, Abby? ABIGAIL: Yeah.
FINLAY PARRY: Where’s the green? FINLAY PARRY: Down’s syndrome means that I have to help my sisters a bit more than
if I had…. than if I had sisters with no Down’s syndrome, because they would be able
to learn quicker than my sisters. So with Down’s syndrome it’s a bit harder. JODI PARRY: Got number 4? Can you do me a number 3?
FINALY PARRY: I’m doing it. COMM: As well as physical characteristics, Down’s syndrome causes varying degrees of
learning difficulties. But life expectancy is fast catching up with people who don’t
have the condition. COMM: The Parrys were not aware of the diagnosis until the twins were a few weeks old. MATT PARRY: I don’t think any of us will ever forget that day. The whole world had
ended. Life was not how we’d wanted. JODI PARRY: When the doctor took us to one side to give us the results, the one thing
he said to us was that he was sorry that Abigail and Isobel both have Down’s syndrome and
to this day I will never know what he was sorry for and I think if I could ever meet
him again, I’d like to show him Abigail and Isabel and kind of say, ‘No. Why did
you say sorry? Because we wouldn’t change Abigail and Isobel for the world now.’ COMM: The genetic condition is caused by an extra copy of Chromosome 21. Tests during
pregnancy can indicate the likelihood of having Down’s syndrome, after which parents can
choose termination. JODI PARRY: The amount of people that have openly admitted to us that they thought that
they perhaps wouldn’t go through with the pregnancy if they knew that their child had
Down’s syndrome. And now they would look at that differently, because they have seen
that there is nothing to be scared of, because they make everybody laugh, they make everybody
smile. So I just think it’s just lack of education and I think also lack of education
from the professionals as well as a big impact, like the doctors saying to us he was sorry. MATT PARRY: I don’t care biologically about the girls. I don’t care how many chromosomes
they’ve got. I was more interested will they walk? Will they talk? Will they interact? COMM: Now 5 years old, the girls are flourishing in mainstream school. MATT PARRY: I said from the day dot that we weren’t just going to fester as a family
and wait for things to happen. That progress will be slower but we will still set them
goals. We will still push them to achieve. COMM: Inspired by their one in a million twins, the Parrys set up a charity with a very special name. JODI PARRY: So, we went with Twincess that’s because obviously they are twins and princesses.
It’s a celebration of Down’s syndrome and it’s just to kind of dispel any myths
that come with Down’s syndrome. I am not going to say we have got great expectations
and, you know, we think they will be the first person with Down’s syndrome to be a Chartered
Accountant or anything like that. MATT PARRY: I am enjoying my life far, far too much to think about hurdles. As a hurdle
appears, we will deal with it. But at this time, I am just living for today. JODI PARRY: The one thing I have learnt about Down’s syndrome is that life with Down’s
syndrome is a life worth living. But now there’s just nothing in the world that could convince
me to change them two. Just wouldn’t change them for the world. FINLAY PARRY: My life won’t be the same without them.