Mom bringing awareness to daughter’s rare condition

Published by: Kuam News
Written by: Isaiah Aguon

Cri du Chat is also known as 5P-  occurs when there is a loss of genetic material on the short arm of the fifth chromosome. Its main characteristic is the kitten-like cry or soft cry that is due to an underdeveloped larynx.

May 5 was Cri du Chat Awareness Day.  Forty-one-year-old Jamielanie Guerrero Salas is a Dededo resident and is a mother to two beautiful daughters. Her youngest daughter, Savana Jo, was diagnosed with Cri du Chat at birth.

“When I delivered with Savana Jo I had to have an emergency c- section and with that after Savana Jo was finally delivered it was her high-pitched cry that alarmed,” she shared. “Dr. Santos and from there they had her tested for her chromosomes or her genetics and from there it was sent off to Honolulu confirmed that she did have Cri du Chat which is the deletion of the short arm 5p chromosome.” Click here to read the rest of the story.

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