Redbridge Council’s health and well-being board have convened a special meeting on how to tackle the growing problem of children dying because their parents are related. Nearly 20% of child deaths between 2008 and 2016 were due to genetic complications arising directly from their parents being related.
Gladys Xavier, Chairwoman of the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP), told the board that educational programs were in place in many of the borough’s Asian communities but urged more to be done in schools to instil at an early age the dangers of inbreeding…
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Aisha Khan, 36, lost her twin brother, Ahmed as well as another brother Kasim
Her older sister Tahira has serious learning difficulties but they were preventable
Aisha’s Pakistani-born parents are first cousins, now living in West Yorkshire
There’s growing evidence that marriage between relatives may be causing genetic disorders in their children
I find it strange how they ended up having relations and now their children have genetic disorders. It probably happened because it increased the chances of getting the disorder by a lot.