“Trisomy” refers to three copies of a chromosome. As a baby’s cells form, the result of this genetic alteration is that each cell has 47 chromosomes instead of the typical 46 (23 from each parent). An extra 18th chromosome is Trisomy 18, an extra 13th chromosome is Trisomy 13, and so on.
Despite being labeled “incompatible with life” there are children with Trisomy diagnoses who have defied and continue to defy the odds. Be it hours, days, weeks, months or years, these children and their parents can have stories marked by love, joy and hope. Trisomy 18 and 13 are two of the most common life-limiting diagnoses we see at Abel Speaks, so we’ve included a brief overview of each below.