NEW BERLIN – Corbin Alfred McHenry was born April 4, 2013 weighing four pounds, four ounces and was 17 inches long. While pregnant, Kara McHenry - a 2010 Unadilla Valley Cental School graduate - learned that her son had a chromosomal condition known as Trisomy 13. Baby Corbin had to be delivered via emergency cesarian section eight weeks prior to his due date, and was given a one percent chance to be born breathing. The doctors had notified Baby Corbin’s parents - Shane and Kara McHenry - that if he was born alive, they would have very few moments with him, as he had many severe medical issues.
Today - May 27 - defying all odds, Baby Corbin is now 53 days old.
Deborah Collins-Barker, Corbin’s maternal grandmother, stated he does have medical obstacles but he is overcoming them one at a time.
Trisomy 13 is the presence of an extra thirteenth chromosome and individuals born with this condition often have heart defects, brain or spinal cord abnormalities, issues with eye development, and weak muscle tone. This condition occurs in approximately one in every 16,000 newborns.