“Whenever one of us needs a pick-me-up, we can always count on Tabitha to respond to snuggles with affectionate smiles. Although Tabitha may not contribute to society in the same way as her siblings, the lives she touches are forever changed for the better.” Since Tabitha is our 6th child, we opted not to do…

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Republished with permission. Infants with the genetic disorders trisomy 13 or 18 are more likely to survive if they undergo heart surgery, a study from researchers at Stanford and the University of Arkansas has found. Heart surgery significantly decreases in-hospital mortality among infants with either of two genetic disorders that cause severe physical and intellectual…

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PROFESSIONAL VIEWPOINT:  Journal Club KANEKO Y, KOBAYASHI J, IKUYA I, ET AL. 2009. CARDIAC SURGERY IN PATIENTS WITH TRISOMY 18. PEDIATR CARDIOL 30:729-734. This work, accomplished by a group at the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center in Tokyo, Japan led by the first author (a cardiovascular surgeon), summarizes the outcomes of cardiac surgery in 17 infants with…

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