Ok so this is a duplicate, but I just wnated something, I dunno what but something.
I have just got off the phone to my mum and fund out my sister discovered her baby has club foot, I'm not sure if its both or one and the doctors have basically terrified her by saying it's linked ot downs syndrome. They've gone on and on at her to have an amniocentecis, thank god she managed to stay strong and told them why what difference would it make, she wouln't abort and she can prepare herself for the 'worst'.
I'm absolutely devastated my sister has to go through this, I'm pregnant too obvioulsy she's 21 weeks I think and has another scan in six weeks. I'm so upset for her, my whole family seem to have to go through every kinda of challenge you can imagine! I'm also and maybe I'm being slefish but am really worried my being pregnant will upset her more.
Anyway I don't even know why I'm posting to be honest, I guess to express my fear and concern for her and her hubby! I've looked into it and apparently it's not such a risk if it's one club foot, as in one club foot is far more common than one club foot and downs! Also there are tons of ways it can be helped and shouldn't affect the child's life at all really.
I don't really know what to do, whether to email her links I've found, offer suport or just leave her being as I'm pregnant as well and I don't want to make her feel bad. I'm completly lost and upset and really don't know what to do, she phoned my mum not me. So I'm taking as she doesn't want to talk to me just yet.
I know it can be associated with Spina Bifida and hip problems too but never heared of a link with Downs Syndrome.
Glad your sister is strong....there's probably more chance of miscarriage through amnio than there is the chance of baby having Downs
There's fab treatments now for club foot and they are very effective. My cousin had a club foot, admittedly it wasn't a severe case but they managed to guide hers back to a "normal" position after many months of wearing this brace thingy and no operations needed
The triple screen testing for downs, etc, is by no means a fool proof test, even with the second one. All it does is tell you your chances for it, nothing more, and is not worth the risk, in my opinion.
And I'm sorry to hear about her club foot. Really the best thing you can do for her is just let her know you are there for her, and let her decide to what degree she wants you involved. You are a good sister.
Sorry you're feeling anxious and scared hun. My little brother was born with club foot (medical term is Talipes)
He had bilateral talipes (both feet affected) and was/is fine (he's now 25) but as a child, he did have to undergo quite a lot of physiotherapy as well as having his feet in corrective casts and corrective shoes for a few years. I've never know it to be linked to/a sign of downs, but just wanted to let you know that club foot in itself is definately something that can be corrected quite easily, it just takes time.
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