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Line of Duty mum: ‘Having a child with Down’s is about love – I fear it could one day be eliminated’

Jane Jessop tried her best to remain philosophical on January 19 1985, when she was told by a doctor that her newborn son, Tommy, had Down’s syndrome, the genetic condition caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in a baby’s cells.

She still remembers being “very worried” about how the diagnosis might affect her toddler, William, and wondered whether other mothers would look at her differently.

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