We were due to have our 12 week scan, so excited as you are to see the little one growing inside of you but also worried that something may be wrong. A high nuchal fold led to further testing, Edward's maybe Patau. Thankfully it was neither but she has Turner's Syndrome. I had personally never heard of it, it was a shock to the system. Due to Turner's Elsie has a hole in the chambers of her heart, meaning de-oxygenated blood mixes with her oxygenated blood. This makes her poorly more often than her peers and she will be facing surgery this year to close the hole and stop the left side of her heart becoming enlarged, which as an adult can lead to heart failure.
Turner's Syndrome also has its own challenges, we are on daily growth hormones and she's had 4 different surgeries for gonad removal meaning she won't be able to have her own children. Learning difficulties are a part of the package but she continues to smile through it all and be a brave ball of energy and happiness.
Hypermobility means she struggles to walk and her joints get tired, she still needs help with a pushchair for longer journeys.
I'm hoping a blanket will help comfort her in hospital as she has more surgeries, will show her people care no matter her physical differences and in general will make her feel safe and loved. Thank you.