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Duration: 50 minutes

In a frank and moving documentary, successful businesswoman, charity worker and confidante of the late Princess Diana, Rosa Monckton, explores the realities families face when caring for a disabled child.

Against a backdrop of headline-grabbing cases in which desperate mothers, such as Fiona Pilkington, killed themselves and their child because they could no longer face the daily reality of their lives, Rosa, who herself has a child with Down's syndrome, admits that she too has felt a crushing despair.

Since the birth of her daughter Domenica, Rosa has campaigned for the rights of disabled children and their families. After the recent shocking high profile cases in which mothers have killed their disabled children, she sets out to show how easy it is for families to reach the brink of despair. She also discovers how the maze of bureaucracy often prevents families getting the help they need.

Last on

Tue 8 Dec 2009 01:00 BBC One Northern Ireland only

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  • Photo: Rosa and Domenica

    Photo: Rosa and Domenica

    Rosa Monckton with her daughter Domenica.


Rosa Monckton
Executive Producer
Paula Trafford


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