Vietnamese father shocked by son’s rare genetic disorder

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A Vietnamese father received a mysterious message claiming that his three year old son was not biologically his, leading him to question the paternity of his child. This suspicion was fuelled by ongoing marital issues and the fact that his wife had not completely severed ties with her former lover until their marriage.

The man decided to take matters into his own hands and sought a DNA test at the Hanoi Centre for Genetic Analysis and Technology. The results confirmed that he was indeed the biological father. However, the test also revealed something even more shocking — his son had a chromosomal abnormality suggesting that the child might actually be a girl.

Upon hearing this, the man was furious and questioned the accuracy of the results. The centre’s director asked him to verify whether the hair sample used for the test was genuinely from his son. The man confirmed he had personally collected the hair.

To clarify the situation, the director requested that the man bring his son to the centre for a blood test. The blood test results did not indicate any error, instead, they revealed that the chromosomal pattern was due to a health condition, the doctor revealed.

“The results show that the child has a chromosomal disorder known as Klinefelter Syndrome.”

Klinefelter Syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra X chromosome. While typical males have an XY chromosomal pattern, individuals with this syndrome have an XXY pattern. This condition can lead to developmental delays and intellectual challenges in affected individuals.

Upon learning the truth about his son’s condition, the man felt deeply remorseful and apologised to the centre for accusing them of a mistake. He even offered to pay for the time spent on the additional testing.

However, the centre’s director was understanding and waived the fees. The director also advised the man to discuss the situation with his wife to address their marital issues and to ensure that they could collaborate on their son’s care and treatment.

The director further recommended that the man and his wife seek counselling to better understand Klinefelter Syndrome and to prepare for the challenges that could arise as their son grows older. Early intervention and appropriate medical care can significantly improve the quality of life for children with this condition, reported Sanook.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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