SMA Carrier Testing
SMA Carrier Testing
Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA is the #1 genetic killer of infants under the age of two years old. 1 in 40 people unknowingly carry the gene responsible for SMA. SMA affects all races and both genders.
Because SMA is genetic, that means it is an inherited disease. We have discovered that the gene came down from my grandmother’s side of the family. Hannah-Rose was 4 generations away from my grandmother and was affected with this disease. There are many other “carriers” in our family and those carriers need to keep an eye on future generations to ensure that this disease does not take another life in our family. How can we protect future generations? By getting tested to find out if you are an SMA Carrier. SMA Carrier Testing is a blood test that most insurances cover.
BOTH PARENTS HAVE TO BE CARRIERS IN ORDER FOR A CHILD TO HAVE SMA
If you are a confirmed SMA Carrier all that means is that you should have your partner tested as well. If your partner also comes back positive as an SMA Carrier then you have a 1 in 4 chance of having a baby affected with SMA, a 50% chance that your baby will be a carrier, and a 1 in 4 chance of nothing happening. All the carriers have a duty to alert their children and future generations of SMA, because a carrier can pass the gene onto their child even if the partner is not a carrier.
If you are related to an SMA Carrier in anyway and you are expecting a child:
Please ask your OBGYN for SMA Carrier Screening. Let them know that SMA runs in your family. They will take blood and send to a lab. It takes several weeks to get results back. If positive, then test spouse. If both parents are positive for SMA Carriers then test child envitro. There is a test that can be on the baby called CVS: Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a prenatal test that detects chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome, as well as a host of other genetic disorders. The doctor takes cells from tiny fingerlike projections on the placenta called the chorionic villi and sends them to a lab for genetic analysis.
The reason why you need to know if you are having an SMA Baby is to prepare for the baby’s arrival. Your baby will have a better chance of surviving IF YOU ARE PREPARED AHEAD OF TIME. To prepare ahead of time will save your baby’s life. Having the right doctors in place, familiarizing yourself with available insurance services and gathering the correct medical equipment for your baby will allow your baby the best chance to thrive.
Our family (the Prendiz) paid a heavy price for not knowing about SMA. We believe that our Hannah’s Story is saving lives because everywhere we go, every opportunity we get we alert humanity about this baby killer disease. Hannah’s life was not in vein, her legacy continues through her family and HOPE for SMA, a 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit Charity that was started in her memory and Exists to Find, Get & Give HOPE to SMA Families. Please visit hopeforsma.org for more information.
HOPE for SMA