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San Luis Valley Syndrome nothing new

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 8th, 2017

Courtesy Photo San Luis Valley native Fabian Lobato cuddles son Sean, who was born with Recombinant 8 Syndrome, also known as San Luis Valley Syndrome.
SAN LUIS VALLEY — A story that first appeared in The Valley Courier during the mid- to late 1970s is again drawing attention.

A rare genetic disorder traced to a lone Spaniard who settled in the San Luis Valley in the 1800s has come to light again with the recent births of two children in Pueblo.

Recombinant 8 Syndrome, also known as San Luis Valley Syndrome, is similar to Down Syndrome in that children are born with abnormalities, birth defects and mental delay.  

Doctors at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs say it’s a condition they are likely to see more than other hospitals in the nation, and they only see it two or three times a year. While this genetic disorder has been traced to the San Luis Valley and is still very rare, there are now cases outside of Colorado and outside the United States.

For the complete article see the 03-08-2017 issue.

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