Giggling, T.K. called over his shoulder. "He's got extra fingers on both hands, baby!"
"He is an overachiever," Deidrea called back.
The baby's head and brain grows as much as it can in the womb, and then it continues developing long after birth. Human babies are thus believed to be secondarily altricial: our early hominid ancestors probably gave birth to more precocial young, but an extended period of altricial helplessness was superimposed over that to permit a burst of post-utero brain growth. Newborn humans are essentially fetuses for another nine months after birth.
Median survival age for children with Patau syndrome is 2.5 days, with only one in 20 children surviving longer than 6 months. However, some children survive into their teens and seem to fare better than might be expected based on reports from those who die in the perinatal period.The mortality rate is very high among neonates. Children who survive the neonatal period continue to express developmental delays and exhibit a declining developmental quotient over time. This decline does not result from loss of developmental milestones but instead reflects a worsening developmental lag compared with other children. A report on a group of 21 individuals with Patau syndrome (3 mosaic and 18 nonmosaic) who survived past age 5 years showed the oldest to be aged 21 years.
Treatment of Patau syndrome focuses on the particular physical problems with which each child is born. Many infants have difficulty surviving the first few days or weeks due to severe neurological problems or complex heart defects. Surgery may be necessary to repair heart defects or cleft lip and cleft palate. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy will help individuals with Patau syndrome reach their full developmental potential.
It’s definitely bitter sweet, she looks like every other 9 year old but physically and mentally she is not there with them. Amber has great family and friend support - presently we are dealing with ADHD, she has every sign of it but the meds have the opposite effect for her.
The odds are insanely rare for these disorders, but it's tough on everyone, those that carry and those that end it early. There are no winners in these random genetic mutation diagnoses.
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