The “extra” chromosome completes the Oskaloosa family
OSKALOOSA, Iowa – World Down Syndrome Day is Sunday. He falls on March 21 because Down syndrome is caused by having three chromosomes from the 21st.
It turns out that that extra chromosome in a little girl makes up for what her mother lacks.
Like any 8-year-old, Khia loves to look at her tablet and eat sweets. She is the youngest of Lynette Gordon’s five children, children she wasn’t sure she could have after being diagnosed with Turner Syndrome as a teenager.
âTurner syndrome is a disease in which a woman lacks one of the sex chromosomes. And if it is missing in all the cells, it is very unlikely that it will be able to reproduce, “said Dr Neil Mandsager, MD at MercyOne,” but if it is only missing in some of the cells, what is called a Mosaic Turner, then it is possible that she could have children.
Lynette remembers seeing Dr. Mandsager when she was pregnant with her twins, and again when she was of advanced maternal age when she was pregnant with Khia. She said her ultrasounds indicated that everything was fine.
“It’s so true when you say a mother’s intuition because, throughout my pregnancy, I felt like there was something wrong.”
It was November 16, 2012 when Khia was born. It was also at this time that they noticed that she had features of Down syndrome.
“About three hours after he was born our doctor walked in,” Lynette recalls, “and as soon as he walked through that door I could see something was wrong.”
As a single mother with four children at home, Lynette was upset and unsure if this was something she could handle on her own.
âI felt guilty. I felt like maybe she would be better off in a two-parent family,â said Lynette, âbut when she smiled at me I was like it was impossible. She’s there. , she’s mine, she was supposed to be here with me.
Lynette quickly realized that Khia completed her family in more ways than one.
“I’m missing a chromosome and she’s got the extra.”
As we approach awareness day for a disorder that affects so many families, Lynette has a message.
âI don’t even think of Down syndrome when I look at her. I don’t treat her any differently. I want people to see her abilities and not her handicap, and see how more similar than different she is because she definitely is.
Khia is happy and healthy, with no major health issues related to her diagnosis. She goes to school where she learns to read and keeps her mother and siblings on their toes at home.