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Mosaic Trisomy 16

Date of Birth: Feb 13, 1990

I was born on the 13th of February 1990. I was half the recommended weight. It wasn't till I was five years old I was diagnosed with mosaic trisomy 16. At the time the doctors told my parents nothing, except not to keep their hopes up for my future. We were told there were around five other people in the UK with the same condition. That was all my parents were told. I have grown up not knowing. At the start my parents thought I wouldn't live long. The doctors said they thought I wouldn't have a bright future, but I have proved them wrong. Here I am 14 years of age. And I have finally found some kind of support group. Growing up I have always been asymmetrical with problems on the left side of my body. When going through puberty I did not develop a left breast, which made me very self conscious about my body. When I was 13 I had a breast construction operation and since I have gained in confidence. I have got a good group of supportive friends, who in all honestly don't understand my condition so I just don't bother. I don't think my life has been as bad as first intended. From my life I have learnt not to duel on the negative but to get on with life, and just accept what happens or what your given because if you don't you just get left behind.

 Rebecca's Mom's story 

Rebecca tells her story best. I had a normal pregnancy until 24 weeks when she stopped growing, I had a scan. "All well," they said. Rebecca was born weighing 4lb 9 oz. the hospital said because she was small that I must have got the dates wrong. I knew I hadn't, we had been trying for another child for a while so I knew exactly and couldn't have got the dates wrong, especially 3 weeks wrong. The placenta only had 2 blood vessels. They took it away for testing but we never found out any results as no one knew what had happened to it. Rebecca went to special care because she wasn't feeding. She stayed there 5 days. We took her home after a week and all was well till she was 8 months old when I noticed her back wasn't quite right and that her left eye had only opened a tiny bit. We went to the doctors who referred her on to a pediatrician.The rest, I think, Rebecca has told you apart from the fact that the only reason that we got a diagnosis when she was 5 is because we asked the doctor what had caused Rebecca so many problems. Rebecca is now happy, (well as happy as a teenager can be) healthy and leading a perfectly normal life with a bright future ahead of her.

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