11 yrs ago i gave birth to a little girl, she was diagnosed at birth with Turner Syndrome (TS). I'd never heard of the condition so was really shocked........ She has classic Turner syndrome (all cells affected)thankfully she does not have a heart condition or kidney problems...
The heart condition is usually correctable at birth and the child will be monitored throughout life to make sure the heart remains healthy. ALL TS girls and women should have heart checks anyway evenif nothing shows at birth. The kidney problems with TS is ussually that the kidneys are "horseshoe" shapped, they sort of join at the bottom, if they are like this urine infections are more common.. MOST TS girls lead full lives they may have slight learning problems but most manage well in mainstream education.. Sadly the doctor is right most concieved TS babies do misscarry in early pregnancy and some are stillborn, usually these are born very pre maturely....
my daughter is 11yr old now, she's going to high school soon, she has some learning problems, mainly just she's not too good at mathematics an her writing is awful, but she has a reading age of 13-14, she's one of the best runners in the school, she's good at dance drama and music, and has a beautiful singing voice.
you need a specialist scan to look at the babies organs to see if they can tell how badly affected they may be.. only about 1/3 actually have heart problems..
i can't imagine life without my daughter..
there is a LOT of false information in books and on the internet on turner syndrome and many doctors also don't know a lot about the condition..
Turner syndrome girls tend to look quite normal, they are shorter than most other females but they are given growth hormone so do get to a height the lower end of "normal" most are around 4ft 10" to 5ft 2" at final adult height..
as for if you should continue or not only you can decide..I can however give you facts that things may not seem as bleak as you 1st thought. If your baby makes it to a live birth then she has a very good chance she will lead a full and rewarding life..
mother of an 11 yr old with Turner syndrome..
PS i'm assuming you've already been told your baby is a girl
PPS " M Kerr " you may be in the medical field but have you personally met any TS girls/women.. i've met maybe 60-70 from ages 3 to 70 and only 1 of them had maybe a poor quality of life...as in she was quite severly affected mentally, still though she was capable of doing most things just she'd never lead an independant life.