http://www.cincinnatichildr... When Tasha Barreda of San Antonio, Texas, wasn’t getting answers about her daughter Emma’s breathing difficulties, she turned to a pen and a paper. She started writing letters that reached across the country telling anyone who would listen about Emma’s condition. Emma, who was born with Down Syndrome, began having trouble breathing when she was a few months old. Tasha says several doctors dismissed Emma’s problem as part of having Down Syndrome. Tasha’s letter eventually landed at Cincinnati Children’s and made its way to Dr. Mike Rutter with the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Rutter diagnosed Emma with two rare conditions. They are Complete Tracheal Rings and Laryngeal Cleft. Emma had several procedures to correct the problems and is now on the mend.