The disorder is associated with slow physical growth, unique facial features and intellectual disability. According to the Down Syndrome Federation of India, one in every 800 to 1,000 live births is a child with Down syndrome.
"Only a woman could take care of a child," Tiwari was told when he decided to adopt a child with special needs. The youngest single adoptive parent in India eventually proved he was no less than any mother.
World Down Syndrome Day, which is a global awareness day, is observed every year on March 21. It is celebrated on the 21st as it signifies the uniqueness of the 21st chromosome, which causes the disorder.