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CAN SECOND CHILD BE PLANNED ?
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Muscular Dystrophy (MD) refers to a group of more than 30 inherited diseases that cause muscle weakness and muscle loss and eventually cause you to lose the ability to walk. Discuss topics including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), other types of MD, symptoms and ways to improve quality of life.

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CAN SECOND CHILD BE PLANNED ?

My niece is 4and half years old. Recently she has been diagnosed with
Muscular dystrophy. She cannot stand without the use of her hands.
Usually it takes nearly 15 to 20 secs. If  she wants to climb her bed
she is not able to lift her leg up (not even 18"). she takes full
support of her body to climb. It is very disheartening to see her.
Her growth is also not as a normal child.
Last week the parents visited a physiotherapist, who made us all serious.
He was saying that the life expectancy of the patients with M.D don't
live long may be 5 to 25 yrs after the disease is detected.  He even
suggested for a second baby, but he wanted the parents to meet a
neurologist and ask him if the second baby will be normal or not?
Please help. I want to see smile on the parents face.
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In my opinion...the doctor was very rude in telling them to have another baby.
The new baby will not replace the other child. There is also a possibility that the second child will develop this same disease.
The parents should consult with a geneticist. They would be able to help the parents ( possibly with testing ) decide whether or not to have that second child or not.
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