When Craig and I went for our routine anatomy scan on December 1, several physical anomalies were noticed on our son during the ultrasound and we were referred to a specialist the following Monday. A second ultrasound confirmed all that was seen on the first scan and I had an amniocentesis performed that morning. The following Thursday we received confirmation that our son has Trisomy 18.
Trisomy 18 results by an error in cell division in the developing baby. Instead of the normal pair there is an extra 18th chromosome and this disrupts the normal pattern of development. Trisomy 18 is a life-threatening disorder and over 50% of babies will be still-born. Of those that are born living only 5% survive beyond the first year of life.
Many physical and cognitive anomalies are associated with Trisomy 18. At this point we know that our son is missing one of the two bones in his forearms on both arms, one of his feet is clubbed, he has a choroid plexus cyst on his brain, and both a ventricular septal defect and large hole between the atrium of his heart.
The prognosis for our son is very grim; we wanted to start a caringbridge site to help keep our friends and family up to date on developments with the baby and pregnancy as they come. We are preparing ourselves for many possible outcomes and medical decisions to be made, but we have peace in knowing that God will walk with us and comfort us through every step of the way.
5 months ago today Enoch came and went. It's hard to believe it's been so long ago but then it's also hard to believe it happened so recently. I've gone back and forth many times over the past few months concerning whether or not I should/wanted to share more of our story. More about those precious 20 hours, more about the aftermath of grief and hope that we've been wading through. Then October hit and I realized what better time to start sharing than Infant Loss Awareness Month? Plus, life is too short not to take risks and share because our stories can help others along the way. So, here it is, a new blog and my start of sharing more about my faith, my life, and my Enoch. Www.theassuredlife.com