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1. “A mother’s instinct”. How do you deal with such situations where a mother has wanted her child to be tested for a condition, against the wishes of the medical professional? Who do you think has the right to decide?
2. “…some people feel a label is not always a positive choice…”. Discuss the pros and cons of this.
1. Discuss possible explanations for Leanne’s son’s severe speech delay. What support would you suggest?
2. What credible sources of information would you direct parents too?
3. Leanne describes her daughter’s condition as mosaic Turner syndrome with the karyotype revealing 47, XXX and 45, XO cells. Draw a simple diagram to explain how this could have arisen during cell division (mitosis) of the embryo.
"My grandmother always believed in a mother’s instinct."
"Our despair after appointments was hard to handle and it began to cause major turmoil. … We all felt lost and confused."
"I know some people feel a label is not always a positive choice but in our case, it has been a wonderful help. … It has given us more patience and understanding as a family and made us so much stronger."
"Throughout my unfinished journey, I have learnt to follow my instinct and fight for my children’s rights for recognition."
Turner Syndrome support Society: http://www.tss.org.uk/
UK Intersex Association: http://www.ukia.co.uk/
Child Growth Foundation: http://www.childgrowthfoundation.org./
UK National Library for Health, Genepool: Autism briefing
National Autistic Society: Diagnosis - a brief guide for health professionals