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The parents looked at the monitor and understood the doctor was talking about abnormalities.

She strokes her stomach and says that she has heard that many German women don't want a disabled child, but that she would definitely give birth to hers. A news report about bombing attacks in Syria plays on the television.

The parents see burning buildings and images from Damascus, images from their past.

She said that even if they decided to continue the pregnancy, the child might not be strong enough to survive the birth.

On an evening in July, two months later, Adel, a portly 44-year-old, and 38-year-old Yusra, who wears a headscarf and has alert blue eyes, sit on a sofa in their living room in the Billstedt neighborhood of Hamburg.

The doctor, a woman in a white blouse, passed an ultrasound device across the mother's abdomen, and marked a tiny head, two hands and two feet on a screen.

After a while, she used words that Adel and Yusra Muati had never heard in Germany before: chromosomes, trisomy and heart defect.

They desperately want to fit in and contribute to society, but even as the children relish their newfound freedoms, the parents worry about their future.