Mothers who have or have children with Alpha-1

This is a support group for mothers and children tht has been diagnosed with Alpha-1. This is a genetic disease.Alpha-1 has been identified in virtually all populations and ethnic groups. It is estimated that about 1 in every 2,500 Americans have Alpha-1.An estimated 20 million people have one normal and one defective AAT gene (carriers). Carriers may pass the defective gene on to their children and there is evidence for some increased risk of lung and liver disease in carriers, as well.This disease is the 4th leading cause of Death in the US.