Two children with Short GutBy: Ky's Mommy (9:26 PM 06/24/2011)
I have given birth to two childen with short bowel syndrome and two children without medical complications. Our first child, born over 13 years ago, was diagnosised with short gut and passed at 2 months of age. His passing was due to graft vs host disease from a blood transfusion that was not irratated. Our forth child was born with the same multi-instestinal atresias, ultimately leaving her with short gut. Medical treatment for short bowel has made remarkable advancements in the thirteen plus years. Due to our son's complication with a blood transfusion, we were able to diagnosis our daughter with not just short gut but also severe combined immune deficiency (SCID). After a great deal of research we discovered that indeed 1 out of 4 children can be born to the same parents with short gut and SCID if both parents carry a rescessive trait. However modern genetic typing has yet to determine which chromosone this trait is carried. The odds of my husband and I concieving two children with short gut is unheard of. The facts of our case no one physician can determine what came first: the short gut causing an absent immune system or the absent immune system causing the short gut. It is a matter that we may never know. Also, as we know it there is only one other family to have ever had two children born with short gut. Those children also had SCID.
I was a bit reluctant to respond to your post, as I understand the place where your concerns derive. I in no way want to raise your alarms during your pregnancy. However, I understand that being armed with some knowledge gears up your preparation for anything in life. I do want to place emphasis on the fact that I do have two wonderful healthy children and one three year old spit fire with short gut. I also wish to point out that in both my personal story and the one other documented family, there was the absent immune system. Please keep your thoughts positive. No one person is ever given a guarantee of answers in life but I am a firm believer in positive thoughts breeds positive results. Looking at my three years old, who was once given a 1% survival statistic to live to 1 month of age, no one can dispute my belief.