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‘Miracle’ baby defies odds, inspires thousands

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Posted at 3:32 PM, Aug 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-14 15:33:47-04

An incredible 131-day-old baby born earlier this year with a rare genetic condition continues to prove doctors wrong and inspire thousands on Facebook.

Corbin Alfred McHenry, of Havelock, North Carolina, was diagnosed in utero with a rare genetic condition called trisomy 13.

Trisomy 13, also called Patau syndrome, is a chromosomal condition associated with severe intellectual disability and physical abnormalities in many parts of the body. Individuals with trisomy 13 often have heart defects, brain or spinal cord abnormalities.

Trisomy 13 is the presence of an extra 13th chromosome and affects nearly every organ in the body. Babies diagnosed with this conditioned are often deemed “incompatible with life.”

Many infants with trisomy 13 die within their first days or weeks of life. Only 5-10 percent of children with this condition live past their first year.

At 32 weeks, it was time for Corbin to be welcomed into his parents’ world. His parents were given a less than 1 percent chance their son would be born alive, but on April 4, Corbin stunned doctors and was born both breathing and crying.

Story by Scott Gustin

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