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09/07/2016 – Julian’s Story (trisomy 18)
08/22/2016 – Ryan’s Story (partial trisomy 12)
08/14/2016 – Ava’s Story (trisomy 13 translocation)
08/01/2016 – Taylor’s Story (trisomy 18)
08/01/2016 – Frank’s Story (trisomy 18) update
08/01/2016 – Jonas’ Story (Isochrome 18q mosaic) update
08/01/2016 – Rachel’s Story (trisomy 13)
♥ 02/17/2017 Doing the Right Thing: Raising money for SOFT: Ann Hameister organizes a bowling tournament to raise funds for SOFT.
♥ 11/10/2016 18 month-old with rare genetic condition survives against the odds. When Amy Strasburg gave birth to her baby girl, Avery, in February 2015, the joyous day had come after a “healthy, normal pregnancy.” But Amy and her husband, Andy, as well as Avery’s doctors, knew something was wrong.
♥ 9/30/2016 The latest issue of the American Journal of Medical Genetics is dedicated to trisomy 18 and 13 conditions. Dr. John C. Carey, SOFT’s medical advisor, edits the journal, and the articles are available for reading. Click the link and the publisher’s website will open. Scroll down to select the article you want to read.
The cover photographs were taken by Rick Guidotti, famous photographer and founder of Positive Exposure, at the 2016 SOFT Conference in Tacoma, WA. The children have full trisomy 13 or 18 except for one girl with mosaic trisomy 13.
♥ 3/21/2016 Trisomy 18 Awareness March held on World Down Syndrome Today
♥ 3/19/2016 Olivia Wilde Plays a Girl with Down Syndrome in eye-opening film
♥ 02/02/2016 Publication of data from a CombiMatrix study supporting the value of follow-up diagnostic testing to either confirm or rule out positive results for common chromosomal aneuploidies and microdeletion syndromes detected by non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).
♥ 01/31/2016 The February issue of Complex Child e-Magazine is their annual feeding tube and GI issue, which might be of interest to many.
♥ 09/25/2015 Otolaryngologic surgery in children with trisomy 18 and 13. This article describes the role of the otolaryngologist in the management of children with trisomy 18 and 13.
♥ 09/07/2015 Project offers help to parents of children with trisomy. CARBONDALE, Ill. — Bewilderment can quickly turn to fright when parents discover their children have a rare genetic condition such as Edwards syndrome or trisomy 18. They are often told their children have a condition that is “incompatible with life.”
♥ 08/29/2015 Concurrent Care for Children: The 2010 Affordable Care Act (PPACA) contains a new provision, Section 2302, termed the “Concurrent Care for Children” Requirement (CCCR). The District of Columbia Pediatric Palliative Care Collaborative (DCPPCC) and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) have provided the Concurrent Care for Children Implementation Toolkit, which details information on the options available to state Medicaid programs implementing Section 2302 or which are considering expansion of pediatric palliative care services to children living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
♥ 06/30/2015 Doctors go on-line for Medical Information, too. An article from the Wall Street Journal about the on-line availability of information concerning rare disorders.
♥ 06/12/2015 What parents with a baby in heaven want you to know (but may not say)
♥ 06/10/2015 Families facing Trisomy diagnosis fight for life
♥ 06/06/2015 First national study of noninvasive prenatal testing shows it works Glasgow, United Kingdom: Results from a national study of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) in women at high risk of having a baby with Down’s syndrome will be presented at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics today (Saturday).
♥ 05/19/2015 “Alexander the Great” – He was tougher than any diagnosis! A story about Alexander Flores, Trisomy 13
♥ 05/14/2015 Top 5 States with Best Services for the Disabled
♥ 05/06/2015 Never Say Never about our child – an article in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal). In the latest of a monthly series in which patients and care-givers set the learning outcomes for readers, Alison Pearson asks healthcare staff to reconsider the concept of offering “false hope.”
♥ 05/05/2015 Read Terra Garst’s Story about the arrival of Emerson (trisomy 18)!
♥ 04/16/2015 Parents defy abortion calls for ‘incompatible’ children. The parents of Kristina Krotzer were told that she would be very likely to die within moments of being born…but 15 years later she continues to do exceptinally well!
♥ 04/11/2015 The National Institute of Health (NIH) has published an interesting study about pre/post-natal care and survival rates for children with Trisomy 18 and 14.
♥ 04/08/2015 SOFT has signed the United Nations Geneva “Declaration to stop the use of the term “incompatible with life.”
♥ 03/09/2015 A new study “A Contemporary, Single-Institutional Experience of Surgical Versus Expectant Management of Congenital Heart Disease in Trisomy 13 and 18 Patients” shows how cardiac surgery can result in saving the lives of children with trisomy 18 and 13
♥ 03/08/2015Grief Shared is Grief Lessened – read a word picture of parent feelings.
♥ 03/05/2015 Watch a video about7 year old Amanda Cugurs of Montreal, Canada,who has trisomy 18 (it’s a bit slow to load; be patient and wait through the advertisement).
♥ 02/17/2015 Santorums’ new book reveals how faith and love are tested by a daughter’s disability Bella’s disorder, Trisomy 18, is a rarer, more lethal cousin of Down syndrome. Only half of those born with it survive a week; fewer than 1 in 10 make it …
♥ 01/14/2014 St. Louis Fetal Care Institute Implements New Approach To Trisomy 13 and 18 Syndrome Diagnoses. Increased prenatal diagnoses lead St. Louis Fetal Care Institute team to try new approach for families facing trisomy 13 or trisomy 18 .♥ 02/09/2015: Medscape Article: Trisomy 18 Clinical Presentation
♥ 01/03/2014 Boys write book about baby brother’s battle with chromosome disorder
♥ 12/04/2014 They Said This Baby Was “Incompatible With Life,” Now She’s 8 Years Old
♥ 12/03/2014 See News about Trisomy Here!
♥ 12/03/2014 NEWTON FALLS, Ohio – Two Trumbull County high school basketball teams tipped off Saturday night to raise awareness and money for a rare chromosomal disorder. Organizer Alyssa Giesy and her fiancé lost their daughter, Dawson Seydler, to complications of trisomy 13. Giesy says the members of SOFT were very supportive. “We want to be able to give back to families who gave to us. They gave us great advice, great help when going through the loss of our daughter. So we just want to give back to that,” Giesy said. 450 people turned out for the game and the event raised $1,400.
♥ 11/13/2014 “Hello My Name is Simon” by Sheryl Crosier and as told by Samuel and Sean Crosier. This book is about a very special relationship among three brothers. Even though Simon, their baby brother, has died, his older brothers continue to have conversations with him.
♥ 7/14/2014 Rick Giodotti, a professional photographer, takes photos of our children. See some here!
♥ 7/14/2014: Rather than hide in pain, Trisomy 18 parents take to the web to celebrate life. A family reacts positively to a diagnosis of trisomy 18.
♥ 06/07/2014 Lynne Wiser Stockman, D.O., a family practitioner with Bayview Physicians Services, has been recognized and honored by Hampton Roads Physician Magazine for her good deeds and volunteer service. Doctor Stockman chairs the 2014 SOFT Conference in Norfolk. Read the news article here.
♥ 05/25/2014 “I’m pro-choice, but choosing life for my trisomy 18 child was the right choice”
♥ 05/19/2014 The 2014 updated e-book edition of the “Care of the Infant and Child with Trisomy 18 or 13” has been posted to the website. The e-book is free and may be downloaded to your PC for reference and reading at your convenience. Get it from the website homepage!
♥ 05/16/2014 SOFT Surgery Tables have been updated with the latest data. See the tables here!
♥ 05/05/2014 A link to the Complex Child E-magazine has been added to the website homepage right sidebar, in the “Family Connections” section. This magazine has a wealth of information.
♥ Morghan, Faye and Mark represented SOFT at the 2014 annual American College of Medical Genetics in Nashville.
♥ 03/24/2014 Army Officer, teen paired in half-marathon for a cause! Krissy’s San Antonio 13.1 run!
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♥ 02/23/2014 Feeding Tubes, NICU, One-on-One Care: Susan Hatfield Talks About Living With Her Trisomy 18 Baby
♥ 02/14/2014 Study reveals what we already know: Medical treatments and hospital care can have a beneficial effect on Trisomy 18/13 lifespans.
♥ 01/07/2014 “More Than a Diagnosis” – The latest from Annie Janvier and team, a publication describing the experiences of families in their internet support group questionnaire study.
♥ 01/07/2014 Twenty-two survivors over the age of 1 year with full trisomy 18: Presenting and current medical conditions. The purpose of the study is to provide data about 22 survivors over the age of 1 year with full trisomy 18 (12-59 months)…. by Debbie Bruns (a SOFT member) and E. Campbell
♥ 12/11/2013 The first newsletter of the International Trisomy Alliance is published!!!
Dr. Carey wrote a wonderful introduction and Dr. Moore wrote about her challenging experience with doctors when her baby Anaya was born with trisomy 18.
♥ 12/2/2013 – Disabled Baby Denied Heart Transplant Dr. John Carey is mentioned in this article.
♥ 11/23/2013 See article about a 98% Trisomy abortion rate from a large sample of pregnancies, in the Japan News.
♥ 11/16/2013 An emerging practice area: What is a Neonatal Therapist? A Neonatal Therapist is an Occupational or Physical Therapist or Speech Language Pathologist who provides direct patient care and/or consultative services for the premature and medically complex infants in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Read the article here.
♥ 11/5/2013 Fate of Tiny Hearts in Right Hands – A YouTube video about Dr. Charles D. Fraser, who has performed 10,000 operations on children’s hearts, including fixing the hearts of children with trisomy.
♥ 10/28/2013 SOFT has added a birthday finder page to the website. Use it to find a child’s birth date or angel date. Then send an e-card!
♥ 10/28/2013 SOFT has added an e-card system to the website, which can be used to send birthday, condolence, remembrance or any type of card to a friend. Give it a try!
♥ 10/26/2013 The SOFT Facebook Group page has been made private – click here to sign up now to continue the conversation!
♥ 10/24/2013 “Silencing of trisomy 21 by manipulation of a single gene in living cells in laboratory cells surmounts the first major obstacle to development of potential …”
♥ 10/14/2013 A beautiful documentary on living with a child who has a trisomy condition.
♥ 10/14/2013 Natera Expands PanoramaTM to Include Detection of Triploidy … National Post. Natera launched Panorama in March 2013 for the detection of trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome) and … See all stories on this topic »
Verinata Health’s verifi(R) Prenatal Test Expanded to Include Option … Wall Street Journal. The verifi(R) prenatal test for twins can detect trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome) and the presence of a … See all stories on this topic »
♥ 10/4/2013 Survival Rates, Times Noted for Live Births With Trisomy 13 and 18 Wu et al suggest that detailed and accurate information about the survival of children with trisomies 13 and 18 should be provided to parents, genetic counselors, and health professionals caring for affected families. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part AVolume 161, Issue 10, Article first published online: 17 SEP 2013
♥ 9/21/2013 Some new Medicare/Medicaid information has been posted to the Family Support page.
♥ 9/16/2013 A Place I Consider Beautiful Written by Conor (age 16), Muireann Shionagh Dunne’s brother. Muireann had Trisomy 13 and lived from April 15, 2012 to May 27, 2012.
♥ 9/13/2013 Baby with Trisomy 13 lives 135 days and reaches 500,000 Facebook … When Kara McHenry found out she was pregnant, there’s no way she could have known the impact that her child would have on the world. When the doctors told …
Read Corbin McHenry’s Family Story here.
♥ 9/10/2013 A Very Special Birthday for a Young Man with Trisomy 18 PLoS Blogs (blog). Trisomy 18 was in the news during the last presidential election because Rick Santorum’s young daughter Isabella has it. Her mom was 48 when she gave birth. On September 10, 2013, Donnie Heaton celebrated his 21st birthday! Read Donnie’s Family Story here.