Daughter With Down Syndrome Restrained From Her Caring Father, By Her Mother

Numerous researchers have shown the negative of a lack of a father’s care and involvement in the overall growth of a girl child. The effect of a paternal care denial is so much that a report even has it that Brain development can even be impacted by fatherlessness.

Dr. Gabriella Gobbi carried out research on this at McGill University in Canada. A summary of her findings, says this: “Growing up without a father could permanently alter the structure of the brain and produce children who are more aggressive and angry, scientists have warned. Children brought up only by a single mother have a higher risk of developing ‘deviant behavior’, including drug abuse, new research suggests. It is also feared that growing up in a fatherless household could have a greater impact on daughters than on sons.”

Samira is an adorable little girl. She was a welcome surprise to her Dad, Ahmed Taha, and her mom Wendy Tobin of Malden, MA. 13 years ago. Samira’s birth was marked with both happiness and anxiety. Anxiety because unfortunately, the sweet girl had Down Syndrome. Nevertheless, the father, Ahmed, embraced his daughter with all the love he had and an open mind, as he had worked in a mental health facility for around twenty years in one hospital in  the United States and had the compassion needed to accept all human beings, despite their condition. In this case, this was easy for him as the person in question was his own flesh and blood.

Ahmed traveled to Jordan in 2013 and on coming back, for some unexplained reason, Wendy denied him access to Samira. Ahmed even tried to see his daughter in school, but was restrained from doing so.

“I think it is very that charity begins at home. Samira’s mom Wendy is an advocate for the rights of children living with Down Syndrome in her community! This is a noble cause and one worth praising. However, it adds a strange twist to this sad tale as she is fighting for the welfare of the other children who are like Samira, but on the other hand, denies this helpless child access to her father,” says Ahmed Taha.

He says further, “I have taken several drastic steps to see Samira, but all to no avail. I visited the Director of Down Syndrome Center Congress for assistance; she contacted Samira’s mother, yet I was denied access to my daughter. I went to the Mayor’s office, called Samira’s step brother, met her the spiritual leader of Wendy’s place of worship, yet she still denied me access to my lovely daughter, Samira.”

Her continued absence is breaking his heart, and it is with all that he has, that he is appealing to her mom Wendy to give him access to his daughter, whom he loves. Samira’s older siblings also miss her a lot and do not understand this separation.

Ahmed’s only wish is for him and Wendy to resolve this matter amicably, without dragging it through unpleasant court procedures. 

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