Down syndrome is a condition where a person has an extra chromosome.In Anthony's case where we did not know about the down syndrome until after he was born, the doctors performed a chromosomal karyotype to confirm the down syndrome diagnosis. In this test they drew his blood and actually looked at his chromosomes and determined that he had an extra copy of his 21 chromosome and then he was officially diagnosed with trisomy 21.
Anthony was born on January 23, 2014. At birth Anthony was diagnosed with Trisomy 21, which is the most common form of down syndrome. Anthony was also diagnosed with a complete AV canal heart defect which was related to his down syndrome diagnosis and would require open heart surgery to repair. Anthony was also diagnosed with patent ductus arteriosus, which is basically a hole in a babys heart that all babies have before they are born and the hole is supposed to close once the baby is born but Anthony's remained open when he was born. Anthony had open heart surgery to repair both his complete AV canal defect and his PDA on May 6, 2014. During Anthony's surgery the surgeon had to break his sternum in order to access his heart. On May 8, 2014 while drinking a bottle Anthony jerked his body backwards and damaged the sutures that were holding his sternum together. He had a second surgery that night to repair the damaged sutures. Anthony also receives physical, occupational, and speech therapy to assist in his development.
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