What is trisomy?
Trisomy 18 and trisomy 13 are the second and third most common trisomy in babies. Trisomy 21 or Down's synfdrome is the most common. The oldest girl with trisomy 18 in the UK is Saskia aged 21 years, and the oldest man with trisomy 13 in the UK and the world, is Nigel aged 45 years.
Older medical literature states trisomy 18 and 13 are incompatible with life.
This is not true. Babies with trisomy 13 and 18 can survive pregnancy and birth, and can live for months, years, and even decades in a few cases. Children, like Nigel and Saskia, are usually cared for at home, and many children with a related condition such as mosaic trisomy reach adulthood.
Why do some children live?
Babies and children with these conditions are individuals. Not all of them will be affected by the same medical problems, complications or infections, and some children may have access to treatments and surgeries that are not available to others.
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