USA Today Profiles Bradlee’s Son

From “‘Post’ son brings little-known syndrome into focus“:

    Until he was 16, Quinn Bradlee practically lived in the hospital.

    Growing up, his ailments included a hole in his heart, epilepsy, dyslexia and a weak immune system that left him chronically sick.

    “He kept having all these terrible things wrong with him,” says his mother, Sally Quinn, a Washington Post writer. “You’d turn around one day, and whammo — it was something else. … You never knew where the next bomb was going to go off. We couldn’t figure out what was happening.”

    The root of Bradlee’s problems stumped most doctors, who said he’d probably never be able to read, write or make friends. Finally, when he was a teenager, a researcher diagnosed the reason for Bradlee’s mysterious medical history: Bradlee had velo-cardio-facial syndrome, a genetic condition.

    “I thought, ‘That’s great, but I don’t really know what the hell that is,’ ” says Bradlee, who lives in Washington, D.C. His father is Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post.

    Quinn Bradlee’s reaction is the same many have upon learning about VCFS, the second-most-common genetic syndrome after Down syndrome. VCFS advocates hope to educate people about the syndrome to promote research and detection. Bradlee, now 25 and an aspiring filmmaker, will premiere a documentary he helped make about the syndrome at a gala for the International Center for VCFS on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

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