People are always amazed by Frankie’s eyes. They say they’re like the ocean or a starry sky. I like to think they look like sparkly sapphires – my birthstone and favorite gem! I remember being besotted with them the moment I looked into them. I found solace and salvation from all of my fears in their deep blue and that glint hinted at the mischievious little fireball she was to become.

The sparkly effect is due to Brushfield spots, which are actually areas of her eye where the connective tissue has gathered, making the colored iris thinner and thus less blue. Although Brushfields do occur in the typical population, they are much more common in those with Down syndrome. The lighter the eyes the more pronounced the spots will appear.