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Trisomy 18

A Troy, New York mother struggles with the devastating news about her unborn daughter's health and the support that has helped her cope.
(WNYT)   39-year-old Terra Vandervoort is lucky in so many ways. Her folks and most of her family live nearby in Troy.

And after years of being unable to conceive, she and her significant other, Chris Berghela are proud parents of Christopher who's almost 2 and they're about to have their second child, a little girl they'll name Sonny Ann. But this is where, some might say, their luck ran out.

"Well, at 12 weeks I had a blood test called harmony and it tests for chromosomal defects" explains Terra.

The results were heartbreaking. Sonny Ann has Trisomy 18. It brings devastating consequences including heart and brain deformities.

Fewer than 10% of the babies who survive to birth will see their first birthday.

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