Quality of Life

Fr. Joel The Loving Life

Fr. Joel

I recently became aware of a medical condition known as Trisomy-18 or Edwards Syndrome. It is somewhat similar to Down Syndrome in that it is caused by an additional chromosome. A normal human being has a total of 46 chromosomes arranged in 23 pairs. Each pair consists of one chromosome from the Father and one from the Mother. If a child has an extra copy of the 18th chromosome, this is called Trisomy-18. Incidentally, Down Syndrome is also called Trisomy-21 and is caused by an extra copy of the 21st chromosome.
The result of this disease is a child that does not develop correctly, including underdeveloped heart, kidney problems and motor skills problems. The majority of children with this disease die in utero or shortly after. Here is a beautiful video about a child with this disease. It makes me wonder which is more important:
How long a child lives?
How much a child is loved?