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My name is Tammy and I am new to this board. The little one who brings me here is Parker. He was born 6 weeks early, with a tethered spinal cord, ASD, imperforate anus, chronic lung disease and severe sleep apnea. Because of the chronic lung disease he has pulmonary hypertension, which we hope to be able to reverse as he grows and is able to grow new lung tissue to replace the diseased parts of his lungs.<br><br>
Parker was also blessed with an extra chromosome on his 21st pair.<br><br>
Parker is 16 months old and weighs a whopping 14.4 pounds. He has at least two major surgeries ahead of him if we can finally get him healthy.<br><br>
He is a total and absolute joy.
 

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Welcome to the group, Tammy and Parker <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"><br><br>
I'm Amanda, mom to my amazing boys, Aerik and Declan, who both have some hearing loss. My youngest brother, who is 17, also has Down's. He has been one of the most inspirational and amazing people in my life. My entire family has been changed for the better by being blessed with Michael. I don't know what I'd do without him. He also had many health challenges at birth, but has come through them like a fighter. He's doing very well these days.<br><br>
I'm sure you'll find a lot of support here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I just wanted to say hello and welcome. This is definitely the place to come for info and support.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Welcome.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="welcome">
 

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Just wanted to add another 'Welcome'! This is a great board for support/advice/whatever you happen to need (even if that is just reading through past threads!).<br><br>
Glad you found Mothering... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Welcome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have a Parker too!
 

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