A mother and father got matching tattoos to honor their beloved son with Down’s syndrome. Photos of the tattoo were widely shared online
Chip and Laura Franks, of Salado, Texas, got ‘chromosome’ tattoos on February 10 as a symbol of their son, Alec’s condition, which is caused by the presence of a third copy of chromosome 21. Photos of the tattoo were widely shared online after the couple’s daughter, Mandy, tweeted pictures of her parents ink and the tattooist in action.
The tweet has since been liked more than 116,000 times and has been retweeted about 15,000 times. Mandy posted a follow-up tweet the next day acknowledging that the tattoos are not precise depictions of the chromosome, but they are meant to be symbolic.
‘First, I’d like to say that yes, I know this isn’t an accurate representation of the 21st chromosome that’s involved with DS. This is what most ppl recognize as a chromosome, and it’s made to be a symbol of love for my brother, not a scientific report,’ she wrote. The Frank Family also manages a Facebook page dedicated to their son called ‘The Amazing Alec.’ ‘Alec Cruz Franks entered this world on October 25th, 2011. When he was born, the doctors told us he was different than other girls and boys. We were told that our Beautiful, Wonderful, Little Man had Down Syndrome,’ the family wrote on the page.
‘We think he is something else…AMAZING! After three surgeries in his first month of life, and pulling through them like the champ he is…he keeps proving his nickname of THE AMAZING ALEC is an appropriate one, indeed.’ According to the Franks, Alec was born with several other health problems related to his Down’s syndrome diagnoses which required surgery. ‘There are so many people who are praying for the Amazing Alec and who are emotionally invested in our special young man. This fan page was set up to keep those that want to know abreast of how our wonderful guy is doing,’ the family wrote.’