1. What causes Trisomy 18?
At conception, 23 chromosomes from the father and 23 chromosomes from the mother combine to create a baby with a set of 46 chromosomes in each cell. A trisomy occurs when a baby has three (in this case) #18 chromosomes instead of the normal two. This is something that happens at conception. There is a 1% or less chance of this reoccurring if a couple chooses to have more children. Although many parents worry about this, it is important to know that parents have done nothing before or during pregnancy to cause this condition in their child.What is Edward's Syndrome (Trisomy 18)?
2. What is Trisomy 18/Edwards syndrome? Trisomy 18, also known as Edwards syndrome, is a condition which is caused by a chromosomal fluke, where the fetus has 3, 18th chromosomes, instead of 2. It occurs in about 1 out of every 3000 live births. Unlike Down syndrome, which also is caused by an extra (21st) chromosome, the developmental issues caused by Trisomy 18 are associated with medical complications that are more potentially life-threatening in the early months and years of life. Statistics report that 50% of babies who are carried to term will be stillborn. At birth, intensive care admissions in Neonatal units are most common for infants with Trisomy 18. Some children will be able to be discharged from the hospital with home nursing support
(if so desired) for their families. And although less than 10 percent survive to their first birthdays, some children with Trisomy 18 can enjoy many years of life with their families, reaching milestones and being involved with their community. Thank you for visiting Gianna's story. Thanks to God for what we have been blessed with and whom we have been blessed by. From our family to yours we send many blessings to you all today and always!!