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Bella Santorum: Bella Santorum & Trisomy 18

April 7, 2012 by staff 

Bella Santorum: Bella Santorum & Trisomy 18, There is speculation (though no confirmation) that the hospitalization of Rick Santorum’s three-year-old daughter, Isabella, is related to Trisomy 18, the rare genetic condition she suffers from. News of Bella’s sudden hospitalization sent off a massive number of searches for Trisomy 18. Over the course of just one hour, Yahoo! searches for “trisomy 18″ surged 1,022%. Related lookups for “trisomy 18 syndrome” spiked 375%.

According to experts, Trisomy 18 is often fatal. According to an organization dedicated to raising awareness, the disorder occurs about 1 in every 3,000 live births. The condition’s name refers to when a baby has three number 18 chromosomes.

Babies who have Trisomy 18 suffer from many trying conditions. There are kidney problems, heart defects, developmental delays, and issues with the intestinal tract and esophagus.

Trisomy 18 can be screened for and diagnosed for during pregnancy. According to the California Department of Health Services, about 80% of children with Trisomy 18 are female. Only 5 to 10% of infants born with Trisomy 18 survive beyond one year. Those who do survive are often girls.

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