Xuan Minh, 3, looks out from his bed at the Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Min city on Friday March 25,2005, suffering from what is believed to be the effects of the jungle defoliant Agent Orange, used heavily in the region by the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War. Vietnam celebrates the end of hostilities on April 30, 2005, marking 30 years since war in Vietnam ended. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Apr 26, '05
Long story short, my dh and I had the first baby EVER in memory on either side of our families, to have a birth defect. My dh served in Desert Storm in 1990-91. I hear there were lots of defects in 1992, when my son was born, most much worse than my son had. We were also luck in that his was fixed with a pretty cranial radical surgery at 3 mo of age. Not fun. We were baffled; like I said, no one on either side up to our great grandparents could ever remember a single birth defect of any kind in any child. Mighty suspicious to us.
7 years later, our healthy daughter was born, free of defects.
They "told" us it was genetic, but have as-yet failed to map the exact gene(s) affected. I still wonder to this day the real story. I am only feeling lucky; my son is healthy today.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 26, '05