A young couple Michael
Cox and Taylor Anderton from Queensland have Down syndrome and are desperate to
get married and have children - even though their concerned parents fear they
may never be ready.
Michael Cox and
Taylor Anderton from Queensland met six years ago through competitive swimming
and got engaged on a trip to America last year. They have now set their sights
on getting married and starting a family of their own.
‘The chance of two people with Down Syndrome falling pregnant is rare and if a couple were to fall pregnant there is a 50 percent chance of the child having Down Syndrome.’
"We want to have
four kids, we're going to have three daughters and one son," said, the
"It's not that hard
to have a kid. I know that some people say it's all about hard work, but it's
not, it's all about love and compassion that you have for your child."
While Michael and
Taylor's parents accept that their children are happy together and support
their relationship, they are hesitant about their aim to become parents.
"Taylor and Michael
want to get married and have children and that makes me feel very worried,
apprehensive and concerned," Taylor's mother Catherine Musk said.
Both of their
families say they raised their children to believe in their dreams and live
independently but now fear they may have set them up to fail with unrealistic
"I don't see
parenthood being something that they're going to achieve or really they
probably should achieve," Michael's father Simon Cox said.
"It would be very difficult being a child
whose parents both had Down Syndrome and couldn't have a job and couldn't drive
a car and couldn't understand maths homework."
Nikki Cox said the situation was a double-edged sword.
"For all his life
we've imposed no limits but then it reaches a point where there are some things
that he desperately wants to do and believes that he can do that are probably
not going to happen," she said.
The young couple
have agreed with their parents to delay their wedding but remain determined to have
"I know that their
heart's in the right place but being overprotective is strictly not on with
your child, even if they have Down Syndrome," Michael said.
said: "When my mum keeps talking about the rules and me and Michael's relationship,
it does treat me like a child a little bit. I didn't understand love when I was
little, but I do now, because I am (an) adult."
The chance of two
people with Down Syndrome falling pregnant is rare and if a couple were to fall
pregnant there is a 50 percent chance of the child having Down Syndrome.
disability advocate Michelle O'Flynn said the decision to become parents should
rest with the couple.