I can’t stop thinking about this number. I try to shake it. I walk away from the computer. I divert my attention. I try to block it out. But eventually, there it is again. Stark. Cold. Flawed, perhaps. But it cannot be ignored.
According to a March 2016 study based on data from Alberta, Canada, this is the average life expectancy at birth of a baby born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. It means that statistically, using standard scales used to estimate these things, the professionals assume that half of the people with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome will live longer than 34 and half will live less than that. This is a limited figure, a guess. It deals with only one part of the Fetal Alcohol spectrum. Quite probably the people you and I know with FAS will live much longer than this number. We shouldn’t dwell here for…
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