The power of 13

John S Whitehall
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11195
Published online: 16 December 2013

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Some months ago one of my daughters-in-law, Tania, announced at the dinner table that she was expecting again, but with a tone that caused me to look up, then to my son, and back and forth. Something was not right. “There is something wrong. They say he has trisomy 13. Do you know much about that?” I am a paediatrician who has specialised in care of very sick babies. I know a lot about trisomies, but how to share that knowledge? With tears, I am afraid.

  • John S Whitehall

  • School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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