Easily described, the chromosomes are the structure that carry our genes. Most people have 46 chromosomes assembled in 23 couples, one half of every couple comes from the father and the other half from the mother. The 22 first couples are named after their number (1-22) while the last couple, the sex chromosomes, are labeled X and Y. A male has one of each (XY) and a woman has two X chromosomes (XX).

Edwards syndrome means that there is an extra chromosome 18 in all of the cells and three chromosomes instead of two in the 18th couple of chromosomes.

Shop for a #inclusivefutureGet 10% off with the code: OURNORMAL10The code is entered in the check outTo the shop >

The syndrome is named after the English geneticist John Hilton Edward who described it in 1960.

Children with Edwards syndrome are often in need of a lot of care during the neonatal period, and it is important that families get social and psychological support early in the process.

The chromosome abnormality also causes harm on the heart, brain, kidneys and intestines. These hard combination of complications often results in miscarriage during fetal stage. Kids that survive the first year possess a possibility to live many kids- and youth years.

A few people (less than 5%) with Edwards syndrome have chromosome mosaicism, which means that there is a mix of cells with a regular set of chromosomes and cells with an extra chromosome 18. In these cases the symptoms tend to be less complicated.

Stories

Here we share some interviews, stories and other interesting stuff for families with special experiences.

otto-skytte-2
10 February, 2019

“The best thing with air rifle shooting is that you feel like a hunter!”

Next up in our series about leisure activities, Johanna tells us about her son Otto's air rifle shooting. A perfect…

Read more
anneli_2
8 February, 2019

"The best thing about functional alpine skiing is that we can do it together, the whole family!"

In Stockholm we find a ski-loving family. During a ski holiday they discovered sitski and biski - to the daughter…

Read more
projekt-vuxensyskon
28 December, 2018

Grown up siblings share their stories

Growing up with a sibling with a disability is often something that affects a person in many different ways and…

Read more

Create your family profile and become part of the community today! It is absolutely free to join.

Create profile

Become a part of a supportive family network!

Creating an account is quick and easy, and completely free of charge. Your profile page can only be viewed by other members. Become a part of the community in order to connect with other families, or to be there as a support for others!

Read more

Never miss out on our updates

Submit your e-mail to receive our newsletter. (We promise to only send relevant updates, and not too often! You can choose to unsubscribe anytime you like.)