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Mom Gives Birth To Healthy Binoculars, Doctor Says, "I'm Sorry"

Mom Gives Birth To Healthy Binoculars, Doctor Says, "I'm Sorry"

Trisomy 21 (also known as Down syndrome) is a congenital chromosomal malformation. It is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in the 21st pair. In other words, instead of having a total of 46 chromosomes, a trisomic person would have 47 of them and present very specific clinical signs such as cognitive delay, and physiological and morphological peculiarities. Here is the story of Nicola and Todd, a British couple who did not know that one of their children would be affected by trisomy 21.

Nicola and Todd Bailey wanted to have a second child. The day Nicola knew she was expecting a baby, Luca's son could not be happier! They were all eager to become a family of four, but did not know that this pregnancy was going to be special.

During her twelfth week of pregnancy, Nicola goes to her gynecologist for a routine visit and learns that she is waiting for binoculars in perfect health. The doctor had detected no abnormality or malformation in any of them. Nicola, Todd and Luca were very happy and eager to see the family grow.

Nicola's pregnancy went well and she had no complications. In her 33rd week, she began to feel contractions and was immediately taken to the hospital. In general, a typical pregnancy lasts 40 weeks (280 days), but twin pregnancies are usually caused before the end of 40 weeks. According to the experts, when the twins are born after the 34th week of pregnancy, there is nothing to worry about. Even though Nicola gave birth during his 33rd week, the delivery went very well and everything seemed to be going perfectly well.

Harper was born first and was quickly taken care of by doctors to be examined and treated. Less than 40 minutes later, Nicola hears the first cries of his second daughter, Quinn. Like her sister, she was taken for postnatal care.

Shortly after they were born, while they were still being cared for, the obstetrician entered Nicola's room to tell him he was sorry. He told him that Harper had Down's Syndrome, and then explained that a series of tests confirmed his daughter's condition. But "I'm sorry" was all that Nicola could hear.

When she finally saw her two babies, Nicola found them perfect. She saw no reason for the doctor to say she was sorry, and she hoped that someday he would understand that too.

What is trisomy 21?

According to one study, more than 6,000 babies with trisomy 21 are born each year in the United States. That equates to one out of 700 newborns. Every year, 2,370 cases of trisomy 21 are found in fetuses and only 530 come into the world bearing this handicap. Quickly spotted (round face, small nose, eyes wider apart, a flat neck ...) Trisomy 21 or Down syndrome increases the risk of many health problems, especially heart disease. However, in recent decades, experts have learned a lot about this congenital anomaly and have found that the life expectancy of those affected has increased enormously since the 1960s. "In 1960, on average, babies with the syndrome from Down had about 10 years to live. In 2007, on average, their life expectancy was estimated at 47 years. "

Nicola explains that although she could change something about Harper's situation, she would not do it. She will not change it for anything in the world. Unfortunately, Nicola notices that people (on family outings) observe Harper differently ... she hopes that by properly informing people about the nature of trisomy 21, she will change their eyes and their minds at once.