Uuganaa Ramsay, author of Mongol, has beaten off tough competition to win the 2014 Scottish Asian Women's Award for 'Achievement Against All Odds'. The award, which was presented to Uuganaa by Deputy First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, recognises 'the achievements of a Scottish Asian woman in the face of adversity and challenging circumstances - a true modern day heroine'.
For Uuganaa - whose son Billy was diagnosed with Down's syndrome before he died at just three months old - the award has come at a fitting time: on the eve of Down's syndrome Awareness Week, which runs from March 17 to March 23.
Uuganaa said, 'It was emotional to win the award. I hope my late son Billy's story will help many people.'
Mongol is both a celebration of Mongol culture and the moving story of how the life and death of a baby boy with Down's syndrome inspired his Mongolian mother to campaign against prejudice.