K-T: The Heredity Question

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My family history with K-T:

  • I’m the first and only known case on both sides of my family – father and mother.
  • I have two biological children born WITHOUT K-T and otherwise very regular (9 APGAR).
  • I have two biological grandchildren born WITHOUT K-T and otherwise regular (10 APGAR).

Klippel-Trenaunay is a very likely a genetic aberration, which is under study.  I believe the chromosome aberration will be found soon, as genetic research is getting amazing results in general.  I’m betting that the aberration is environmentally-caused or simply random chance.

If you’re a new mom or dad, please know that there is NOTHING you did to cause this condition.  There is NOTHING in your family gene pool that caused this condition. Please don’t go to your grave, as my mother did, with any second thoughts.  Nature just does some really funky stuff sometimes.

I may be proven wrong about the heredity thing, but I doubt it.  In over a thousand K-T births not one child shows a family history of Klippel-Trenaunay, me included.  Sure, there is some evidence that once in a blue moon there is a possible family link.  These findings are very, very sparse.  I would say even statistically improbable.


Published by: Willi-Anton Christopher

Born Willi Anton after my Mom's brother and Father, respectively, I grew up Willi to my father's Billy Boy and grandfather's Bill. We had other William variants in the generational family, a Will, and a Billy Sandy. Our weekend's at the family "ranch" in Deer Park, CA, near St. Helena and Angwin, were an exercise in orchestrated choruses of "who me". I walked off a plane in Sacramento, preparing to enter high school alone. When my caretakers asked what I wanted to be called, Bill came out very easy, very unplanned. My father who joined me months later asked me - why Bill. I had no real idea. It was a spontaneous announcement on my part. Dad was a 20-plus army guy who was "Sargent Lee" wherever he went who at 40-plus was still called Billy Boy by his Aunts. Grandpa was the only persona that was allowed the standalone name of Bill. So it was, Dad called me William. I practiced his formal signature which was William. My high school life, college life, and professional life, found me known as Bill. In these waning years I have gotten comfortable being Willi Anton Christopher, as I took up prose and poetry. Christopher is the name I chose for myself, my Catholic Confirmation name. Ironically, a few years later the Church de-canonized St. Christopher. I kept the name - it reminds me of the humility and strength attributes I sought to emulate in my spiritual life, in my life lived. So no you know.

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