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Daddy's Girl
Daddy's Girl

The day I saw my daughter for the first time, I knew I was in love. She was the cutest thing anyone had ever seen. After snapping a few photos she was off to NICU for further evaluation. That's when the doctors and nurses pulled me aside to explain Evelyn Grace Martinez may have been born with Trisomy 21. Totally confused, I remember nodding my head as if though I completely understood everything I was being told. It took a few days to really grasp the reality of what she was born with. After riding an emotional rollercoaster for a few weeks, we knew she would need open heart surgery to repair three holes in her baby heart. Six months later, we flew to Children's Hospital in Dallas to take the next step towards her full recovery. Evelyn will be two years old December 18, she has brought nothing but happiness in to our entire family's life. My wife and I are now co-presidents of the Down Syndrome Association of El Paso. Our goal is to provide assistance in any way possible to families that share similar experiences. There is no doubt that Evelyn is the center of attention anywhere we go. She has inspired us to be involved in the community to raise awareness and educate people as much as possible about how special these kids really are. My name is Felipe Martinez and I am a PROUD FATHER of a baby with Down syndrome.




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Jennifer Firkins-Toso, United States, TX
8/20/2013 10:03:30 PM
Thanks for sharing your beautiful story;)

Sue Lovejoy , United States, TX
12/10/2012 12:05:49 PM
Evelyn is a gift from god and is so very blessed to be brought into such a loving family!! I love you guys!!!

vicki setzler, United States, TX
12/10/2012 8:36:02 AM
Very inspiring story!

Virginia Valverde , United States, CO
12/8/2012 12:13:19 AM
Your baby girl is such a blessing from GOD! You and Amy are so lucky to have such a precious gift from above! Your inspirational story has touched many... I hope your story gets picked! GOD BLESS...

Richard Blake, United States, CO
12/7/2012 10:55:22 PM
Great story, Felipe. I really need to get El Paso to see that lovely little girl!

Argelia Ortega, United States, TX
12/7/2012 9:01:56 PM
Beautiful story! Love your passion and dedication!! God Bless!!!

Juan Ruiz, United States, TX
12/7/2012 12:27:56 AM
Great story. I love little Evelyn and all of your family! May god blesss you and your family.

Nina Setzler, United States, TX
12/7/2012 12:09:55 AM
Love the Martinez bunch!! Thank God for all of you!!! Beautiful story, Fila :))

Felipe Martinez, United States, TX
12/6/2012 10:53:32 PM
Great job!

Rob Chave, United States, TX
12/6/2012 9:54:38 PM
You've been blessed with an angel.... Our community appreciates what your doing for us!!

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