Gabriella Grace - Termination for Turner Syndrome

Our Daughter, Gabriella Grace

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 I believe in mercy, and that’s what we hopefully gave our daughter. By Chelsea “Not Compatible with Life.” Crushing words, that confirmed our worst fears. I remember blinking my tear-filled eyes, praying that by some chance of a miracle our daughter would survive. After 20 weeks of pregnancy, and exhausting every possible avenue of testing, willing and praying for our daughter to survive, we were faced with the reality that she would not.  The cystic hygroma and fluid had overtaken her body and she was struggling to survive. The Ultrasound I’ll never forget sitting in the OB’s office around my nine-week appointment, excited to hear the heartbeat […]

It Happened to Me

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By T. C. I am so glad I discovered this site. Four years earlier, when I had Clara Rose, a Turner syndrome baby at 19 weeks gestation, I felt shocked and numb. I went through depression, then a state of denial, then developed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Only now am I realizing that there is no way for me to avoid the pain and grief associated with Clara’s birth and death. I know in my heart that I am very fortunate. Before losing Clara I had a son, and one year after losing Clara I went on to have a baby girl. It is not a lack of gratitude that […]

What is Turner syndrome?

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Turner syndrome is a chromosomal disorder affecting development in girls. It is caused by a missing or incomplete X chromosome. Fetuses with Turner syndrome may exhibit marked growth delays, renal agenesis and olygohydraminos. Turner patients who survive to birth may have skeletal abnormalities, kidney problems and suffer premature ovarian failure. Heart defects are present in 33%-50% of Turner patients.  Also common are obesity, diabetes, hypertension and osteoporosis. Many affected girls do not undergo puberty without estrogen hormone therapy. Some milder common affects of Turner syndrome can include short stature, webbed neck, low hairline at the back of the neck and puffiness or swelling. For more […]