My husband and I were deployed to Iraq in support of OIF III in 2005. We returned to the US in November 2005 and got married in 2006. He deployed to FOB Salerno in Afghanistan in January 2007 and came back 15 months later in April 2008. While in Afghanistan he received the Anthrax series. We became pregnant with our son Troy, in late May/early June 2008. He is currently two years old. I also have an 11 year old daughter from a previous marriage with no medical issues.
When Troy was born he weighed 10 pounds but I just figured he was big because I kept running PT and going to the field till I was at my 28 weeks and had to cut hours. After numerous blood and urine tests, then MRIs they discovered he had a Vein of Galen Aneurism Malformation. This is a very rare neurological conditioin where most babies undiagnosed or untreated die from heart failure. Thankfully he survived the first few days after birth and was diagnosed in Germany while I was deployed to Iraq in 2010 for OIF 9-10. We were compassionately reassigned to Fort Meade, MD.
As soon as we got to MD Troy began having bouts of cyclic vomiting. For days and weeks at a time he was lethargic, vomiting and would double over wailing in pain. We kept taking him to the Children's Hospital in DC. Finally they figured out that his vein of Galen had spontaneously repaired itself which was a miracle and is almost unheard of. After a few months of this they diagnosed him with intesusseption of the intestines. He was admitted to the hospital several times which ended with him having intestinal surgery. We fought with Tricare and got genetic testing. He also has a mutation on his P TEN gene causing a disease called Cowden Syndrome. He has a dominant form of this gene that neither my husband nor I possess meaning it was a spontaneous mutation. This causes a large head and tumors. He has to be monitored for complications regarding his vein of Galen and now he also has to be monitored for complications (thyroid cancer can occur, and non-canerous intestinal polyps are common)
My question is has anyone else had a baby with multiple spontaneous genetic mutations or birth defects? Do you think it could be deployment related? Anyone with a similar situation or any information please respond.
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