Last month R&B diva Keke Wyatt confirmed that she and her husband of nearly four years, Zackariah Darring, are expecting their second child together, and her 11th.
Now MTO News has received some very troubling news. Keke underwent testing and determined that the child she's carrying has been diagnosed with Trisomy 13.
Trisomy 13 is a genetic disorder that your baby gets when they have an extra 13th chromosome. In other words, they have three copies of chromosome 13 when they should have just two. It happens when cells divide abnormally during reproduction, and create extra genetic material on chromosome 13.
Babies with trisomy 13 are born with life-threatening medical conditions, including severe intellectual disabilities and terrible physical abnormalities. According to Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), they usually have heart defects, brain or spinal cord irregularities, very small or poorly developed eyes, extra fingers or toes, a cleft lip, cleft palate, and weak muscle tone.
Sadly, babies with trisomy 13 often die within their first few days or weeks of life. Only five to ten percent of babies with trisomy 13 will live past their first birthday, says GARD.
Watch Keke singing through her pain:
The pregnancy was announced in a touching post with all their children wearing their respective “Big Brother/Sister” T-shirts, the Soul Sista singer wrote, “My husband, Zackariah David Darring and I are proud to announce that our family will be adding a ‘plus 1’ to the Wyatt Bunch! Our other daughter [Kayla] wasn’t available for the picture but you’re with us in spirit Shuga! #Baby11 [kissing lips emoji] #TrustingGod #BabyDarring #TheWyattBunch #Family #KekesKids.”
Keke has three children from her first marriage, six children with her second husband, and she’s also the stepmother to a child from Zackariah’s previous relationship.