Gabby Arthurs

Gabby’s Story

Gabby Arthurs, mosaic trisomy 14, 7/6/2002 Trinity, NC

www.gabbysjourney.org

See Gabby’s video at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQIOGmwWuKI&feature=youtu.be

Gabby ArthursWalk in my footsteps: gabbysjourney.org

Gabby was born with a rare genetic disorder called Mosaic Trisomy 14 . The documented  cases are less than 100 since the 1970’s.
Walk in my footsteps- Awareness for Trisomy 14
gabbysjourney- Living with Trisomy 14 mosaic when all odds were stacked against Gabby

 

Gabby Arthurs2Walk in my footsteps: gabbysjourney.org

Gabby was born with a rare genetic disorder called Trisomy 14 mosaic.The documented  cases is less than 100 since the 1970’s.

Walk in my footsteps- Awareness for Trisomy 14

gabbysjourney- Living with Trisomy 14 mosaic when all odds was stacked against Gabby

 

Gabby Arthurs3The doctor’s knew something wasn’t right with our little baby, It started out as a routine checkup,it ended with a appointment slip to have more test,in the ultrasound they noticed that Gabby had a cleft lip, hole in her heart ,and wasn’t growing. Well that wasn’t a biggie, all fixable. So I made the appointment to have more test ran.I went in for the appointment the doctor preformed a method called amniocentsis ( referred to as amniotic fluid test or AFT) is a medical procedure used in prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal abnormalities .
The test was done so waiting on the results I prayed that my baby be ok
I went on with my daily life working, and trying not to harp on what the results may be I left that in God’s hands, not saying I wasn’t scared cause I was all the unthinkable started going threw my head alot of what if’s.I started reading  on different chromosomes and it frigntened me
2 weeks later the genetic’s office called to give me the results as I’m on the phone with them my stomach was turning, knots in my throat, man I was just feeling all kinds of emotions.The test came back that my baby had none of the chromosomal abnormalities they tested for which was Trisomy 21 downs syndrome- Trisomy 18-13-and 9. I was so releived that my baby was going to be ok, I thanked God for letting everything be ok with our baby,but to my surprise he had bigger plans.
I went in the next week for my 29 week checkup and my doctor ask have you been feeling any labor pains, cause you are in labor WOW what, well I never left the doctors office say the least I was transported to Forsyth medical in Winston Salem NC where I was givin medicine to stop my labor to give her lungs time to develop more and to give her a chance at gaining more weight I stayed in the hospital for 3 weeks so at the end of the 32 week I went into labor once more this time I was preped to give birth I was so excited and scared at the same time I was in labor for 12 plus hours before she made a entrance into the world surrounded by family.Things seemed to be ok all but tiny and the other little things that was seen in the beginning.
Gabby had to stay in the NICU for 3 weeks to gain weight also she couldnt keep her Oxygen levels up,she was Jaundice,breathing shallow that is when our world changed at 3 days old,the doctors noticed adnormalities my baby had a short left arm and leg,skin pigmentation,low set left ear on top of the other seen in the ultrasound so, another genetic test was proformed this time for the rare chromosomals.
The test came back that Gabby had a rare chromosome disorder called Trisomy 14 mosaic mosaic meaning not all cells show an extra chromosome on the 14th cell, after the findings the genetics doctor asked to speak to Gabby’s dad and myself to explain the findings well never imagined to hear this,I never even heard of this all that research I did while waiting for the results to come back on the first test her condition never poped up as if never even existed. We was givin a print off about Trisomy 14 with very little information about this chromosome abnormalitity so I had to research it myself always beginning and ending with the same information there is no information that would give me any answers so I joined groups that was Trisomy related but nothing about T14 on there because its so rare and the documented causes are slim
Time has passed Gabby is 11 years old and the journey has been long, Dr appointments non stop, surgeries-Heart VSD repair -cleft lip repair 5 plus ear surgeries
Gabby wears a shoe lift on the left shoe to even out the difference in leg length she is well over the max for her age, we are trying to fiqure ways to help her other than this massive surgery that may have to come which is leg lengthing meaning to put a metal rod in the left leg and turn it x amount of times a day to extend the leg she also has severe scoliosis
Gabby competed in a pageant back in March in Murphy NC with the miss amazing pageant where she won the NC queen title and recently competed in  the national miss amazing pagean t in Omaha Nebraska where is was crowned the NC princess Gabby has won the hearts of nation since reading her story on her web page and the news papers also she has been featured on Fox 8- Wxii 12 and the Today’s Show. The Today’s Show was in Omaha following the Pageant when Gabby was chosen to be followed by them.
Gabby continues to make her foot prints in your heart as you meet her she has a spirit like no other her disabilty does not get her down she runs with the best of them she is a cheerleader for the local youth football team called Archdale/Trinity youth football Tarheels.

Gabby is such a miracle to be here and do the things she does.  Her condition doesn’t seem to have a high survival rate givin little information about it she is the only known patient at Wake Forrest Baptist also Duke childrens Hospital the doctors learn from her not we learn from them everyday is a blessing and we thank God that Gabby was chosen to set examples for others please visit gabbysjourney.org for more information

Thank you Linda Blackmon-Craig Gabby’s mom
lbsunshine77@aol.com
TeamGabby Arthurs
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