Jono: What if My Baby is Born Like Me

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About the Show

Jono Lancaster, 26, has suffered rejection and discrimination his entire life - all because of the way he looks. Born with a rare genetic condition, Treacher-Collins syndrome, Jono has no cheekbones or external ears and has endured years of bullying and countless hospital appointments. The nature of the condition means that any child Jono fathers will have a 50 per cent chance of contracting Treacher-Collins. Now Jono has an important question he wants answered - what if my baby was born like me? The film follows Jono and his girlfriend Laura as they go on a quest to find out the options available to them should they decide to start a family. Jono meets a variety of families who have faced or are facing this very conundrum. He also meets with youngsters affected by Treacher-Collins to see if attitudes have changed since his days at school. Confronted by all the options, what will they decide? And will the decisions they make draw them closer together?

 
 

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Posted by Report
i think people like this are amazing and nothing should stop them doing anything and if he is getting a child then Jono you are his or her's inspiration and be happy of who you are and people like you are special because your different than any one else and that is what a real man should be , stand up for your self !
Posted by Gloria48Report
The world would be a better place if we had more Jono's in it and less of the socially challenged bullies he has had to endure in his life. Why do the bullies see him as such a threat? Because he has social intelligence which is something they can't possibly understand. I wish Jono and Laura every success and happiness in achieving the birth of a healthy and happy child.
Posted by Gloria48Report
what an amazing young man Jono is. He has innocently been through so much and has such a huge heart, I want to give him a great big hug. Please Jono and your loving girlfriend bite the bullet and go through ivf. I did with such a small chance of success and I was blessed with a beautiful daughter who is now having her own blessed babies. The world is not a cruel place Jono, just some of the socially inept people that inhabit it. For all of the socially challenged bullies in the world that have hurt you Jono, there are millions more who would admire the person you are. If you ever come to Australia, Jono and Laura, I would be privileged to offer you a home and show you some Aussie hospitality. We need more Jonos in this world. Big hug to you and Laura.
Posted by Jill80570Report
I think you would ensure that you did not father any children.
Posted by Gloria48Report
He would make a wonderful father and if he gets the opportunity to decide to ensure that he does not pass on the condition, why shouldn't he?
Posted by Report
oh my goodness - Jono has a heart of gold why shouldhe not enjoy the privilege of being a parent - am pretty sure he would do a much better job than many parents who have nothing wrong with them

at least Jono is being responsible - many parents in Australia have far more children than they can cope with

wishing the best to Jono
Posted by Report
Why would you ensure that? How can you tell someone that they should not be able to enjoy the love and precious blessing that is having a child.
Children are bullied for all sorts of reasons. From the colour of their hair, the size of their clothes and what their name rhymes with..there is no way to stop the mean things other children will say without them being educated by their parents.
So long as their baby is loved and adored for who it is (not the way it looks) then I wish them every happiness and luck for the future.
Posted by Report
i actually love this guy he came to my skool today he is soo inspirational he is actually fitt <3<3