Newborn Screening Family Stories:
Our son Gabriel was born happy and healthy. When he was 3 days old, we had him circumcised. In the hours following the procedure, Gabe's blood sugar dropped to 34, he was unresponsive. With the help of the nurse we were able to feed Gabe a bottle and he returned to normal within a half hour.
2 days later we received a call from our doctor stating Gabe had a rare metabolic disorder called MCAD. We went to the doctor appointments and educated ourselves about the disorder.
To date there have been AT LEAST 2 instances where, had we not known about MCAD, Gabe would not be here with us today. The Expanded Newborn Screen allowed us to not only learn about the disorder, but also to plan ahead for crisis to keep our son safe.
Today, he's a happy and healthy kindergartner! We are so thrilled to see him enjoying the life that he wouldn't have had without the Newborn Screen.
Jennifer and Darrin, Gabe, and Dane