"Thirty years ago, pediatric residents were taught that trisomy 13 and 18 were lethal congenital anomalies. Parents were told that these conditions were incompatible with life. There was a tacit consensus that life-sustaining treatment was not medically indicated. Clinical experience usually was consistent with this self-fulfilling prophecy."
"But with social media, this changed. Parents share stories and videos, showing their happy 4 and 5 year old children with these conditions. Survival, it turns out, is not as rare as once thought." While median survival is just 12 days, 13% of children with trisomy 12 survive to 10 years. And the "smile and laugh."
I am on the same page with Lantos and even with my frequent adversary Alex Schadenberg on this one.