Genetic counselling and multiple handicap

  • I. D. Young


Any couple who have had a child with a handicap must inevitably reflect on two fundamental questions. Why did it happen? Will it happen again? Everyone would agree that these two interrelated points warrant the fullest possible discussion, particularly if the degree of disability is severe to the extent that the child’s ability to live and enjoy a reasonably normal life is significantly impaired. In such a situation the possibility of recurrence will prompt most parents to think long and hard before embarking upon a subsequent pregnancy and it is only fair that they should be in full possession of the relevant facts before they attempt to reach a final decision about future childbearing.


Genetic Counselling Down Syndrome Prenatal Diagnosis Club Foot Genetic Clinic 
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