Bombing suspect Andrew Reinhardt continues to draw attention, while Stephen McAllister, the husband of one of his victims, wrestles with his wife's uncertain future. Westphall offers a pair of potential donors a grand tour of the facility (including viewing a surgery). The Whitehills face a hard choice when they learn their unborn son has Down's Syndrome, a genetic disorder that will life a continual challenge for the boy and his entire family. Do they keep the child, or have an abortion?
Episode number: 1x3 Production Number: 2304 Airdate: Tuesday November 16th, 1982
Down Syndrome, also called trisomy 21, occurs when an error in meiosis produces a germ cell with an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. A normal cell has two copies of each chromosome (except the gender chromosomes in males). Those with trisomy have three. The extra chromosome causes a number of problems including decreased intellect and various facial abnormalities. Outcomes are highly variable, ranging from relatively high-functioning to nearly completely dependent on caregivers.