Are certain people more likely to get patau syndrome?

Rarely. Patau syndrome is trisomy 13 - a genetically lethal syndrome that results from an extra chromosome #13. Carrier-parents of a balanced robertsonian translocation are at increaed risk for producing affected offspring - but this is the exception rather than the rule for patau syndrome. 80% of affected infants die within the first month of life; only 5% survive the first six months.