PARENTS’ AND DOCTORS’ VIEWS

The following list includes stories told by parents who have gone through TRISOMY test screening, as well as expert opinions provided by specialists.

Jana, 31, Zvolen, Slovakia
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I’d like to thank you for inventing this method of baby health screening based on maternal blood samples. Thanks to your invention, I only went through a mere three weeks of suffering, instead of another several months. You saved us from an awful amount of absurd decision-making about whether or not we were up to the challenge of raising a handicapped baby.
Your test showed that our baby was actually healthy and the triple test had been wrong. I’d like to thank you again for making this method available, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed so that the test is available to all mothers regardless of their social or financial backgrounds.

RNDr. Tomáš Szemes, PhD. , molecular geneticist, TRISOMY test author
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TRISOMY test is a shining example of a good idea supported by research. If such ideas are put into practice, a large number of people can benefit from them. As a result of the long-term development of non-invasive prenatal screening tests put into practice, the number of necessary amniocenteses has dropped and even more women can enjoy a relaxed pregnancy. At the same time, it provides strong motivation for further research.

Zuzana, 38, Bratislava, Slovakia
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I have always wanted to be a mother, but I only managed to get pregnant when I was 37 thanks to IVF. Since this was going to be my first and probably the only child, I made absolutely sure everything was going to be perfect. I found amniocentesis risky, and when I found out about TRISOMY test, I did not hesitate. It is so simple and painless – and the reassurance is priceless.

RNDr. Dagmar Landlová , Medirex cytogeneticist
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A project is successful when you combine excellent research with an innovative partner who is able to put the research results into practice. Our TRISOMY test is just the type of project, in fact. Supported by years of hard work of its authors, it was developed by the most advanced complex of laboratories – not only in Slovakia, but also across Central Europe. Designed to exclude frequent types of foetal trisomy, our test helps pregnant women learn more about their pregnancy and enjoy this magical period of expectation in a peaceful atmosphere.

Janka, 30, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
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My pregnancy was absolutely normal during the first trimester and my husband and I were looking forward to our baby very much. However, the triple test revealed a complication. Our likelihood of having a baby with Down syndrome was 1:30. We were both shocked, and I did not know what to do. My doctor suggested amniocentesis, but I was afraid to go ahead with it. Fortunately, the subsequent ultrasound scan showed there was nothing to worry about, and Miško is a healthy baby. If I’d had a chance to have the results confirmed by a simple blood test, I wouldn’t have hesitated for a second. It would have saved me from weeks of waiting and uncertainty.

RNDr. Gabriel Minárik, PhD. , molecular geneticist, TRISOMY test author
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Being able to apply the current results of research and development is crucial. Many women we have met have benefited from the advantages of prenatal genetic testing, which helped them enjoy their pregnancy without unnecessary stress. This fact makes our work even more exciting.

Slávka, 34, Žarnovica, Slovakia
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I was 34 and it was my second pregnancy. My first pregnancy at the age of 26 went well. However, women over 35 are associated with a higher risk of Down syndrome and further examination is necessary (if they want to be certain). To be honest, I did have certain doubts… I considered all the options available at the time. I wanted to avoid amniocentesis, which does involve certain miscarriage risks even though it can identify genetic foetal disorders with high accuracy. Eventually, I chose a non-invasive prenatal screening based on a simple blood test and I do not regret it. If this possibility had existed ten years ago, I would have definitely used it. To be on the safe side, you know.

MUDr. Peter Križan, CSc. , clinical geneticist
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TRISOMY test is a giant leap in the field of genetic consultancy. TRISOMY test is a good solution for pregnant women who face a high trisomy risk, but are too afraid of invasive sampling. It’s an option for all pregnant women who are not facing any risks but still want to undergo examination “to be on the safe side”. A brilliant alternative!

Martina, 29 and Juraj, 34, Námestovo, Slovakia
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Basic biochemical screening indicated some of my parameters were, due to my age, slightly higher, which made me feel uncertain and worried. That is why my husband and I decided to give TRISOMY test a try. One simple blood test and the results were in within a few days. The relief we felt when the doctor confirmed we were facing no risk was indescribable! And as a bonus, we learnt it’s a baby girl. We’ve been using her first name since then, which brings the three of us even closer to one another.

Alena, 41, Malinovo
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My decision to undergo Trisomy test screening turned out to be a great idea! Given my age, my blood test results indicated increased risks, although the reality may have been different. I wanted to be sure that our baby was going to be alright. I got my Trisomy test results within 4 working days and I also learnt the sex of my baby. Today, we’re the proud parents of a perfectly healthy little girl called Amálka.

Jana, 37, Skalica
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I recommend this test to every mother-to-be! Thanks to the test results, I could enjoy a happy and peaceful pregnancy. On top of it all, this way we knew for certain that we were expecting a baby boy. Highly recommended!

Janka, 40, Liptovský Mikuláš

Trisomy test is based on a blood sample, so there’s no extra stress or strain for the mother-to-be involved. The analysis is fast and reliable. This way, I didn’t need to be concerned about my baby’s health at any stage of my pregnancy.

Júlia, 37, Bratislava

My AFP test results were positive due to my age, so I was referred for amniocentesis. I didn’t want to take any chances, so I looked up some information on Trisomy test and I had a blood sample taken in my doctor’s surgery. The test results were negative and I was much more at ease afterwards. I have a beautiful and healthy baby now!

Kristína, 32, Trnava

I had the test done in week 12 without any prior suspicion – I only wanted to be certain and see for myself that everything was fine. When my blood test results indicated Down syndrome in week 16, I wasn’t disconcerted at all – I remained absolutely calm because the trisomy test indicated no such thing in week 12. The feeling that you needn’t worry about anything was simply invaluable. If I’m ever pregnant again, I’ll definitely go through trisomy test screening again. A big THANK YOU to Medirex for making the test available!

Lenka, 38, Žilina

I was happy that there was such a screening option because I’m 38 and the statistics they use to determine the likelihood of foetal disorders are alarming. Another thing I was happy about was that could also learn about the sex of our baby. I’m glad that you do this kind of screening here and I didn’t have to travel far to have a test done. I didn’t even have to undergo any examinations – all it took was a blood sample!

Michaela, 36, Žilina

I was more than satisfied with the test! I received my test results within 5 days and I knew exactly what to expect. What’s more, the test will tell you whether you’re expecting a boy or a girl. I recommend the test by all means!

Mirka, 34

Since my test results in week 12 of my pregnancy came back positive for Down Syndrome, I started looking for a more reliable type of screening. Trisomy test screening was actually recommended to me by a friend of mine – my blood sample was analysed within a very short time and the results were all good. Fortunately, my fears were not confirmed, which was a load off my mind!

Miroslava, 37, Trenčín

Highly recommended! Painless and reliable. Fast results, peaceful pregnancy!

Monika, 39, Lučenec

I think it’s a great solution in this day and age – it helps you become a bit more relaxed when your biochemical results are bad. It’s fast, safe for the baby, and the results are almost 100% certain. Even the price is relatively acceptable. I definitely recommend it to all mothers-to-be. That said, I wish our health insurance companies would reimburse the cost of the screening at least to some extent.

Renáta, 40, Gbely

Going ahead with the test was the right decision to make. It helped me relax without having to undergo amniocentesis.

Stanka, 31, Zvolen

We chose Trisomy test screening due to artificial insemination – we wanted to be more certain, you see. The procedure was fast and everything went very well. So far so good.

Valéria, 30, Bratislava

I’d definitely recommend Trisomy test screening as I was more than satisfied with it. It’s non-invasive and it doesn’t pose any risk to the baby at all. Prompt responses, fast results. Thank you!

Veronička, 27, Nové Zámky

Although the test is a bit pricey, it helped me take things easy and it told me we were expecting a baby girl quite early on. After we’d got the results, my partner and I only argued about baby girl names. 🙂

Zdenka, 40, Banská Bystrica

I think I made a good decision. You see, they referred me for amniocentesis at first, which I dreaded, of course, but my gynaecologist advised me to give Trisomy test a go… The test results were ready in no time and we just couldn’t wait for our little star…

Zuzana, 30, Nové Mesto nad Váhom

I had no doubts about my decision to go through this screening as my test results were devastating. You know, it was our first baby… The relief after the results came in was all the greater. Plus there was also a small bonus – we learnt we were expecting a baby girl! 🙂 I definitely recommend it. I wouldn’t wish the depressing fear and uncertainty on anyone – just imagine you’re bombarded by tables and potential diagnoses (that is to say, BAD diagnoses) that are actually not true… And so we have a beautiful and healthy baby princess now!