El Pasoan to participate at World Swimming Championships for Down syndrome
A swimmer will represent El Paso at the DSISO Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships next week.
Andres Hernandez will swim in several individual events and a few relays. This will be his fourth time at the world championships.
His father, Ignacio Hernandez, said Andres is their family's miracle.
"When he was about to be born, the doctors recommended an abortion because we knew Andres was going to be born with Downsyndrome," he said. "Luckily, thanks to God, I have to say it, we made the right decision."
Andres started swimming when he was 4 years old and has racked up quite the resume. He swam at the 2012 championships in Logano, Italy, the 2014 championships in Morelia, Mexico, and the 2016 championships in Florence, Italy.
Andres will swim in the 2018 championships in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, starting July 20.
"To us, Andres is our Michael Phelps because he's always trying his best," Hernandez said.
Hernandez said Andres is the only El Pasoan and the only Texan to go to these championships.
"He has shown us that if you look in them more in their abilities than the disabilities, you're going to be amazed by what they can do," Hernandez said.
Andres will swim in seven individual events and a few relay events in Canada.