A SALE boy with Down Syndrome has featured in a book dispelling myths about those living with the condition.

James Callen, 10, has a page in the book ‘Wouldn’t Change A Thing’ dedicated to his story.

The book seeks to dispel the fear that parents can feel when they receive a Down Syndrome diagnosis.

Andi Callen, James’ father, said: “We wanted to help share a positive message.

“It’s very difficult when you’re a new parent and your child has Down Syndrome.

“If you research the diagnosis you get results about life expectancy or what they can’t do, it’s nice to spread something more positive.”

James is registered as disabled after he had several strokes at the age of five.

The strokes were a result of moyamoya disease, caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain.

James spent ten hours having brain surgery after the strokes.

Andi said: “James is a real fighter, he’s mischievous and he loves making people laugh.

“He loves school and gets great support there, some of the kids fight over who gets to eat lunch with him.

“They all love him and want to include him, it’s not pity, it’s genuine love.”

James is currently in year five at St Joseph’s Primary School and is well-loved by all his teachers. In his spare time, James loves swimming, horse riding with Pegasus RDA, and pub lunches.

His page focuses on the strong bond between him and older brother, 12-year-old Tom.

The book was released to coincide with Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Visit wouldntchangeathing.org