Dear parents/ soon to be,
I am a daddy to little boy (4yo). Nearly 2 years ago my wife and I had a miscarriage. Needless to say we were devastated. About 14 weeks ago and after many months if trying we were advised that we were expecting, due process followed and we attended our 12 week ultrasound/NT test. This was done and we thought nothing more of it. A week later my wife and I attended our GP for an unrelated medical matter concerning my wife and we're advised that our NT results were not good. We were advised that our ratio for Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome) was 1:113 and Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) was 1:52. Naturally we were devastated and confused. Three weeks of torture ensued and we opted for an amniocentesis.
On Monday we received the fantastic news that we were having a healthy son. My hope in posting this is purely to inform all parents in similar circumstances that these tests are speculative and based upon inaccurate measurements and medical ratios, they are not a definate outcome. From my understanding a high number of false positives are delivered by doctors and issued in the same clinical, cynical style. Remember...... This IS NOT a diagnosis but a percentage chance based upon largely inaccurate measurements.
Good luck to you all and I hope that at the very least this post had provided some hope or reassurance to any prospective parents who find themselves in the same situation.