Ohio man is defying the odds after doctors told his mother he wouldn’t live past 11 years.
Joey Wittkugle was born with Down Syndrome 62 years ago. Back then, very few people understood Down syndrome or children born with developmental disabilities.
“Sixty-two years ago, nobody knew about them,” Joey’s mom, Bobbi, told WBTW. “They kept them in the house.”
When Joey was born, a doctor walked into the room and told Bobbi that Joey would never walk or talk, and he won’t live past age 11.
“You have to put him away. He will never talk; he will never walk.”
He will never know who you are, He will live to the age of 11, and that would be the end of it,” the doctor told Bobbi.
Thanks to Bobbi’s priest, who gave her hope and made her realize that Joey was a blessing from God.
“You were gifted by God,” the priest said. “You were chosen by God to have this child. You can’t turn your back on him.”
Six decades later, Joey has proved to his critics that he was not a mistake. He will be turning 62 on June 29.
To honor Joey, his family has arranged a birthday party for him.
Happy birthday Joey, and may you live long enough to prove those naysayers wrong.
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