East Brunswick resident shares joys of raising son with Down syndrome in video produced by GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough


GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough released a brief but powerful video, “What I Wish I Told My Doctor,” produced to promote Down syndrome acceptance.

The clip features East Brunswick resident Melissa Diaz, who speaks of the trials and hardship she faced when, at 18 weeks of pregnancy, it was discovered that her child likely had Down syndrome.

In a very compelling manner, and with frequent appearances by her son Noah, Diaz tells of the messages of negativity she encountered as well as the pressure she felt to terminate her pregnancy, according to information provided by GiGi’s Playhouse.

Diaz ultimately pushed against this pressure and welcomed Noah into this world three years ago, who they appropriately describe as a child who “has an amazing gift of touching the lives of everyone he meets” and who has given them an appreciation for the small significant moments in life, according to the statement.

“Every day at GiGi’s we see it, and we want others to know it: with the right supports, patience, encouragement, love, and acceptance, there isn’t anything that individuals with Down syndrome cannot achieve,” Christy Bouziotis, GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough Board Vice President, said in the statement. “We produced this video to promote Down syndrome acceptance and hopefully provide families like the Diaz’s hope for the future of their child.”

The video is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5UNmFvQDQM

For more information, visit gigisplayhouse.org/hillsborough