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Friday, March 15, 2013

The 13th-15th Days

Shared from Hope for Trisomy on Facebook. Please visit our page for links to photos, stories, and more!

Day 13:

On our 13th day of MARCHING into TRISOMY AWARENESS MONTH, we are going to share about 1 of the 3 MOST COMMON trisomies...TRISOMY 13 (PATAU SYNDROME), with Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome) and Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) being the other two. Trisomy 13 (also called Patau syndrome) is a genetic disorder in which a person has three copies of genetic material from chromosome 13, instead of the usual two copies. Rarely, the extra material may be attached to another chromosome (translocation). is a link provided by the SOFT Organization about TRISOMY 13 FACTS. Also, for the families caring for a child diagnosed with Trisomy 13, the SOFT Organization has a book provided at this link and a guidebook provided at this link because you Care ♥

Day 14:

On our 14th day of MARCHING into TRISOMY AWARENESS MONTH, we are going to share about TELOMERES. Telomeres are repetitive stretches of DNA located at the ends of linear chromosomes. They protect the ends of chromosomes in a manner similar to the way the tips of shoelaces keep them from unraveling. In many types of cells, telomeres lose a bit of their DNA every time a cell divides. Eventually, when all of the telomere DNA is gone, the cell cannot replicate and dies. White blood cells and other cell types with the capacity to divide very frequently have a special enzyme that prevents their chromosomes from losing their telomeres. Because they retain their telomeres, such cells generally live longer than other cells. Telomeres also play a role in cancer. The chromosomes of malignant cells usually do not lose their telomeres, helping to fuel the uncontrolled growth that makes cancer so devastating. Share because you Care. ♥

Gabby Arthurs, trisomy 14, took home the NC Miss Amazing Queen crown in Murphy, NC on 3/2/13 and is going to Nationals in Nebraska in August!

Day 15:

On our 15th day of MARCHING into TRISOMY AWARENESS MONTH, we are going to share about TRIPLOIDY. Triploidy is a rare lethal chromosome abnormality caused by the presence of an entire extra set of chromosomes. A fetus with triploidy has 69 chromosomes, rather than 46. Most studies seem to suggest that around two thirds of triploid pregnancies are boys, while around one third are girls. Triploidy is not the same as Trisomy. People with trisomy have a single extra chromosome, making a total of 47. Very occasionally, babies with triploidy are born and live for a few hours, days or weeks. One baby reported in the medical literature lived to 10½ months, but this is very rare. Two out of three pregnancies miscarry in the first trimester and almost all other babies die later or are stillborn. UNIQUE has a great explanation of TRIPLOIDY found here ( ) Hope for Trisomy featured a beautiful baby boy, Castan, diagnosed with Mosaic Triploidy on our photo album TRI-KIDS. Castan lived on earth almost 8 months, and was a blessing to his family. Here is Castan's facebook page Share because you Care. ♥
Castan had Mosaic Triploidy and lived an amazing 8 1/2 months.

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