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Teruca talks about her experience with motherhood and Cystic Fibrosis, a decision with its pros and cons, how she planned to have offspring, how many children she wanted to have and the difficulties she had.
After failing to get pregnant naturally, they tried other options such as in-vitro fertilization and artificial insemination, but she did not get pregnant either.
Adoption was their only alternative.
Motherhood and Cystic Fibrosis
Teruca and her husband chose to apply for adoption through two channels, national and international.
Adoption in Russia seemed to be the fastest way and soon Nico arrived. Within 12 months of the first adoption, they began the process for a second adoption, also in Russia, but the national channel was still opened.
To their surprise, two years after the child’s arrival, a phone call on a Monday would change their lives. On Thursday of that same week, Ana, only two months old, came into their lives.
You can listen to the full video in this link.
Also, if you want to learn more about Trikafta or Kaftrio, you can watch our second informative capsule on Cystic Fibrosis.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic, serious and degenerative disease that to date has no cure.
It mainly affects the respiratory, digestive, reproductive and sweat glands.
Currently, more than 2,000 mutations are known to cause the disease.
Statistics show that 1 in 5,000 people in Spain has Cystic Fibrosis (1 in 6,400 in the Balearic Islands) and 1 in 35 people is a carrier of a gene that causes the disease.
In the Balearic Islands there are 73 known diagnosed cases, but statistics speak of between 85 and 90 possible cases.
The awareness project of the Respiralia Foundation aims to raise awareness of this disease in order to discover those cases of people who have Cystic Fibrosis but have not yet been diagnosed.
More information about the project in this link.