Samantha was born 9 weeks premature weighing only 3 pounds, 8 ounces. When newborn screening was done in her home state of Michigan, Samantha showed an abnormal result on the test for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID). This was not of itself conclusive, as premature babies can have abnormal results for the SCID test when they do not actually have an immune deficiency. However, after further lab work, the doctors discovered that Samantha did in fact have low T-cells and completed further evaluations to diagnose her with SCID.
Samantha’s parents, Jenna and Brendan, spoke to a local media outlet to share their story and advocate for universal screening for SCID. Despite the difficulty they are experiencing, they consider themselves lucky that Samantha was born in a state that screens all newborns for SCID and want to see every state initiate this important screening test.
Click here to find out how you can advocate for SCID newborn screening in your state and to see the current status of SCID newborn screening throughout the country.