Valerio Catoia, who has Down syndrome, was enjoying a leisurely afternoon at Sabaudia Beach in the Italian region of Lazio, along with his father and a younger sister, when they heard two girls, ages 10 and 14, crying out for help. The tide was dragging the two sisters out to sea and they couldn’t reach the shore. Valerio and his father dove into the water to save them, and Valerio was able to help the younger sister, thanks to a first aid course that taught him how to position her so that her head would remain above water. His father did likewise. The lifeguards also ran to the scene, but Valerio and his father had beaten them to it – Corriere della Sera, translation Aleteia.
While in Iceland 100% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted, Italy has also been putting Down syndrome in the spotlight, Live Action comments. But instead of highlighting the killing of preborn people with the condition, they are singing the praises of their new hero, a teenage boy with Down syndrome who saved a young girl from drowning.
Valerio received official congratulation by many Italians, Italian Minister of Sport Luca Lotti awarded him with a medal. Also Italian Guardia di Finanza awarded him in an official ceremony.
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