A mother who beat prejudice with love
THE story of Frances Lewis and her adopted son Ian is notable for many things. Firstly it is a supreme example of how love can endure in the face of the most difficult circumstances. In this case a battle to win back the son she adopted.
It also illustrates that the love an adopted mother can feel for her son is no less than a birth mother.
It shows as well just how far we have come. To many of us the 1970s may seem relatively recent. But in attitudes and approaches to disabled people that decade is light years away.
Then it was assumed that Frances would not want a disabled child. And had she felt the same Ian's life would have been markedly different.
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But thankfully she was ahead of her time. Where others saw difficulties she saw needs.
Where others saw hopelessness, she saw prospects. Where others saw problems she saw a little baby in need of love.
It was an unshakeable, unbreakable commitment that defied unfeeling, inflexible authority figures and overcame prejudice and ignorance. It is one that will forever remain.
Thanks to Frances a man who as a baby was effectively written off now leads an happy and independent life and speaks to his mum – every Sunday.