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Chromosomes by Michael R. Cummings, Ronnee Yashon

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CHAPTER 9

The Perfect Case?

Law, Politics, Ethics, and Genetics

FACTS:

  • A baby is born in an Indiana hospital on April 09, 1982 (AKA baby Doe).
  • He is diagnosed as Down syndrome with tracheoesophageal fistula (Figure 9.1):

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Figure 9.1 Normal anatomy and fistula

In normal anatomy (shown in Figure 9.1), the esophagus is totally separate from the trachea, but in the other image, the stomach and ­trachea are fused, and the food eaten would fill up and back up into the trachea, causing serious breathing problem.

  • The doctor delivers the baby and sees serious problems.
  • He informs the parents about the child and a surgery that can fix the malformation, ...

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