Monday, October 14, 2013

A Miraculous Photo

When Cade was born, blood was taken from his umbilical cord.  A lab analyzed this blood and sorted his chromosomes.  Here is a photo that I consider miraculous:  Cade's chromosomes.

 


This photo is a karyotype, basically a mapping of the chromosomes.  This map tells us that all of Cade's chromosomes are normal, or typical, except for #21.  There are three copies of #21, resulting in "Trisomy 21", commonly known as Down syndrome. 

Here's what that chromosome looks like today:

6 months


7 comments:

  1. I don't know why, of all things, but "here's what that chromosome looks like today" brought me to tears! If everyone who got that prenatal diagnosis could only get the '6 month photo' at the same time...

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  2. LOL, what a lovely happy baby! There's such joy in that picture :)

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  3. I teared up too... I don't know why people would abort a baby just because of a chromosomal abnormailty as down's... those people should see this blog, because your baby is PERFECT!

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  4. he is so cute. his smile is intoxicating.

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  5. These chromosomes are just perfects <3

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  6. That 3rd copy of #21 seems to have given him 3x the charm! He is such a sweet little man! I need to snuggle him again!

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