Friday, November 21, 2008

This is my cousin Josephine.
She was born on October 22. Shortly after she was born she was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, or Edward's Syndrome. She will not live long-trisomy 18 is  genetic disorder where there is extra material from the 18th chromosome (like extra material from the 21st chromosome causes down syndrome.) About 95% die in utero. Of liveborn infants, only 50% live to 2 months, and only 5-10% will survive their first year of life.
Josephine is going strong on 1 month!
My Aunt Lucy and cousin Angelic are hosting an online benefit to help pay for medical expenses. Any bids/donations would be great! Check it out here. The auction will start November 26th and last one week. Check out Josephine's story and her amazing family here.

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