Grace, Beautiful Girl With Down Syndrome That Has A Successful Modeling Carrier

As the leading cause of mental retardation, Trisomy 21, also known as Down syndrome, is a congenital malformation due to the presence of a supernumerary chromosome on the 21st pair of chromosomes. This phenomenon affects nearly 65,000 people and its diagnosis is nowadays systematic prenatal screening, with a serum test accompanied by ultrasound measurements from the first trimester of pregnancy.

Trisomy 21 is a genetic anomaly with physical and physiological consequences, and is also associated with a high risk of certain pathologies in the persons / children who are the subjects. Specific care and follow-up are fundamental to improving the quality of life of people with it.

Grace, 7 year old trisomic manikin
Cheryl and John Wharton, the parents of Grace, a 7-year-old English girl, were devastated when they learned that their daughter had Down's Syndrome, especially when we know how much the life of parents of disabled children is. difficult.

Determined to do everything they could to help Grace live a more or less normal and happy life, Cheryl and John took her one day to a modeling photo shoot for children with disabilities.

Grace surprised everyone in her first photo session with her magnetism, phlegm and radiant smile!

"Grace very quickly signed her first contract. Disney was also interested in her profile and she worked with them. She is very busy. Said Grace's mom to the Daily Mail.

Today, Grace works with Zebedee Management, an agency that represents and promotes people with disabilities and hopes to remove the stigma associated with disabilities.

Example that Trisomy 21 is not necessarily inevitable and that whoever can make his dreams a reality while communicating a real joy of living.

Screening for Trisomy 21 and health consequences
Screening for Trisomy 21 in France is carried out on all pregnant women in the first trimester of pregnancy and this is based on a blood test and an ultrasound. There is also the possibility of a combined screening also called triple test.

Since 2017, a new prenatal screening is offered to pregnant women. This is the free circulating DNA test which consists of analyzing the karyotype of the fetus by isolating the fetal blood present in very small quantities in the maternal blood and made from a blood test of the pregnant woman.

If there is a proven case of trisomy 21, all these tests can lead to amnion synthesis and if the karyotype shows Trisomy 21, the couple has the choice between continuing the pregnancy, or ending it with an interruption. medical pregnancy.

In addition to the physical and physiological characteristics, an intellectual deficiency and a retardation of the psychomotor development, variable from one person to another, there are serious consequences on the health of a person with Trisomy 21 who can develop certain pathologies:
  • Early deafness appearing from childhood.
  • Vision disorders (hyperopia, cataracts, myopia, strabismus).
  • Some osteo-articular disorders, such as scoliosis.
  • Leukemia.
  • Digestive problems / gastro-oesophageal reflux.
  • Apnea of sleep.
  • Some cardiovascular diseases.
  • Delay in dental flare, missing final teeth, periodontal disease.
  • Neurological diseases such as epilepsy or West syndrome.
  • Certain autoimmune and / or endocrine diseases, such as hypothyroidism, gluten intolerance, diabetes, or alopecia.
  • Joint deformities such as instability of the first two cervical vertebrae, dorsal kyphosis (arched back), dorso-lumbar scoliosis (S-shaped deformity of the spine), spontaneous dislocation of the hips or luxable patellae, and lumbar hyperdolosis ( excessive arching).
  • Management of Trisomy 21

Thorough medical and psychological care must be taken from birth. In terms of medical care, care covers several aspects such as physiotherapy, psychomotility, speech therapy, orthodontics and of course rigorous follow-up on infectious and cardiac plans.

As for the psychological follow-up, it must also benefit the living entourage of particularly painful moments and who will follow them with certainty a lifetime ...
Congratulations in any case, Cheryl, John and Grace for their courage and their joy of living flawlessly.
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