Santorum daughter Isabella suffering from Trisomy 18, in critical condition

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    Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s daughter Isabella is reportedly suffering from Trisomy 18, a rarest of rare disease that may become very dangerous for a patient. Rick Santorum has said that his ailing daughter keeps him going so that he is able to help others get cured.

    Latest reports suggest that his three year old daughter Isabella has been admitted to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and he has cancelled his morning Church appearance in Florida. She is just three year old and reports suggest that she is in critical condition right now.

    But not many people might have heard about the disease that happens in one out of 8000 child births. There is very little chance that the disease would affect the second or third child of the same parents due to the rarity of the disease.

    Well researched medical reports suggest that children who are suffering from Trisomy 18 generally have very complicated medical problems.  Birth defects are very common in these babies.  They may have defects of the heart, brain, spinal cord, and other internal organs.  Cleft lips and palates are also more common in babies with Trisomy 18.  They may have hand and foot anomalies.  Babies with Trisomy 18 may have difficulty regulating their breathing and temperature.  They may also be unable to feed properly.

    Due to the reasons that these kids from complex potential medical problems, babies with Trisomy 18 are usually considered “medically fragile”.  Most children with Trisomy 18 die before or shortly after birth.  Five to ten percent of babies with Trisomy 18 live past their first birthday.

    A report suggests that the disease occurs in about 1 of every 6000-8000 live births.  It is sometimes called “Edwards syndrome”, after the physician that first described the condition. Trisomy 18 occurs when there are three copies of chromosome 18 in every cell of the body.  Typically, humans have two copies of chromosome 18.  Sometimes, a baby will inherit an extra chromosome from a parent.  Therefore, the baby has three copies of chromosome 18 rather than two copies.