Waisman’s stem cell research into Down syndrome gives family hope

It’s not a cure for Down syndrome that Dave Witte and Cristina Delgadillo want for their 5-year-old daughter. “Olivia is our daughter and we love her, and we love her because of who she is. And part of who she is, is she has Down syndrome,” Witte says. But they would be happy if stem cell research at the Waisman Center reduces the complications faced by Olivia, who has had two heart surgeries and a stroke. They feel fortunate to be sending her to preschool at Waisman, where such research is making progress.

This story first appeared in UW News.