Patient Comments: Trisomy 18 - Diagnosis

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Have you had an AFP or ultrasound that tested positive for Trisomy 18? Please share your experience. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: MONGEON D, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

My son was born 2008 and he Just turned 14 on April 25th. He is amazing, smart and so sweet. I always knew I’d have a son, a special son. I always had a lost feeling and an empty heart until my beautiful son was born. When I found out he had Trisomy 18, the doctor suggested I abort. I said, “no way, what if you are wrong?” she said blood tests and genetic screening don't lie but I said, well, she can't play God. His life had been good until April 2020, when he went missing.

Comment from: Babylove, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

Based on ultrasound today my baby only has right hand clenched... everything else based on symptoms are not there. The AFP came back high-risk screening/positive for Trisomy 18. I wonder if it is possible that she doesn't have this condition. I am torn. This is my 4th child at 42 but only because my husband needed a child. My prior births are perfect health. It's hard to comprehend; maybe she just has fist closed... I just don’t want to tell myself that this is it. I'm 26 weeks.

Comment from: Baby Cole's Mommy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 01

My baby was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 at 22 weeks. I had to make the hard decision to terminate my pregnancy which to this day hurts me so much. By reading all the articles on how babies with Trisomy 18 suffer I am thankful that I did not allow my baby to endure the pain and suffering that was waiting for him. The loss however eats one alive. You never accept it, you just learn to live with it with a few breakdowns and meltdowns from time to time. Yes. I am a mother with no baby.

Comment from: Mamabear81 , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I am nearly 22 weeks pregnant with my third and found out a week ago that my unborn baby girl has Edwards syndrome, positive for Trisomy 18. I have been left feeling numb, alone and scared as my partner passed away in December so I don’t have anyone that understands what decisions I have to make. And I feel like my family and friends don’t understand what I’m going through.

Comment from: Chris, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 22

Our daughter who has full Trisomy 18 is now 9 years old and I remember how bowled over we were with the news. It didn't help that the genetic counselor told us it was 'incompatible with life.' Our daughter is living proof it is not (although we don't know the future for any child with this condition).

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