What is SMA?
There is currently NO treatment and NO cure for SMA!
Spinal Muscular Atrohpy (SMA) is a genetic motor neuron disease which affects a child’s voluntary muscles. Infants with SMA are born with weak muscles and muscle tone which progessively worsen over time. Ford has Type 1 which affects a child’s ability to crawl, sit, walk, eat, swallow and even breathe. There are four types of SMA; Type 1,2,3 and 4 which are categorized by the severity and age of the onset of symptoms.
Type 1: Onset of symptoms at 0-6 months of age
Type 2: Onset of symptoms at 7-18 months of age
Type 3: Onset of symptoms at 18 months or greater
Type 4: Onset of symptoms in Adulthood
-SMA is the #1 Genetic KILLER of infants under the age of 2.
-1 in 6,000 babies are born with SMA.
-1 in 40 people “unknowingly” carry the gene responsible for SMA.
-SMA does not affect the mind and those with SMA are of normal or high intelligence and are very social.
Am I a Carrier?
Scott and I did not know that we were carriers for SMA before we had Ford however, a blood test can be requested to find out if you are a carrier of SMA. SMA is a recessive disorder meaning that both parents must be carriers for their child to be affected. There is a 1 in 4 or 25% chance that a child will be born with SMA when both parents are carriers or there is a 50% chance that your child will be a carrier themselves. Genetic testing for SMA is not including in regular pregnancy screenings however the test can be requested.
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