Even Babies Can Get Blood Clots: Julian’s Story

Even Babies Can Get Blood Clots: Julian’s Story


I want to share my story. My mom helped me write this:

My name is Julian Adams, I’m 5 years old. I live in Belgium.

When I was (exactly) 1 year old, I developed a blood clot in my leg, as a result of the chicken pox.

I was very sick and I was on life supports. I was in the hospital for a month. The doctors didn’t know how to treat me because the heparin and warfarin were not working at all!  They even tripled my medication to the normal adult dose but the heparin and warfarin still didn’t work to break up my blood clot.

Later, the doctors found out I had a genetic blood disorder called proteïn S deficiency.  My grandmother has it. My dad, and my sister have it too. They were all tested after I had my blood clot, but I was the least fortunate.  In combination with the chicken pox, it made my blood react, causing this blot clot in my upper leg.  My outer vein-network has taken over but we wonder how long it can hold that kind of pressure and what are the options if it doesn’t?

If somebody has been through the same or if there’s a doctor out there who operated already on a small child like myself, please let me know!

Take Home Messages

  • Blood Clots don’t discriminate. Even babies get blood clot.
  • Other illnesses can increase your risk of blood clots if you have a genetic clotting disorder.
  • Most people who have genetic clotting disorders don’t find out about them until they have a blood clot or a family member has a clot.
  • If a family member has a genetic clotting disorder, you may want to consider getting tested to see if you have one too.
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