Teenager Suffering From Rare Harlequin Syndrome

0001 Hunter People need to understand that it's ok to be different. It's ok to not fit the norm because there is no norm. 0009 COMM When people first meet teenager Hunter Steinitz, many believe she's been a victim of horrific burns. In fact, Hunter was born with ultrarare genetic condition, Harlequin Ichthyosis, meaning her skin is too thick and leaves Hunter with scaly dry patches all over her body. 0025 COMM Her arrival in the world was a shock for mum Patty and dad Mark. 0030 Mark You can tell in all of those individuals,.

Those medical people in the room, their faces, right then, I knew something was clearly wrong. 0041 COMM In the past, sufferers often died early because they miss vital defence barriers in their skin. Today, raised awareness and new medical techniques are helping people like Hunter live long lives. 0054 COMM The condition poses many challenges for sufferers, who have to grow up in a world where people point, stare and react badly to them. 0103 Hunter Gym was the worst because gym, you know, you're forced to be in physical content with one another. People would flip out and.

A lot of the time the teachers wouldn't do anything because they don't know how to react. 0116 COMM After years of harsh bullying, Hunter started to question things. 0120 Hunter Maybe I deserved it. Maybe, you know, I was this freak and I was this different entity. I didn't deserve to be around normal people. 0131 COMM But not everyone was mean. Some pals, like Samantha Beers stuck by her, no matter what. 0136 Samantha I've been friends with her since we were 3 because she was there for me when I needed her.

0140 COMM With support from her true friends and loved ones like dad, Mark, Hunter turned a corner and began to change the way she saw herself. 0148 Hunter I'd be a totally different person without it. My family would be different people, I wouldn't have the same friends and so I owe everything about my life to, you know, the disorder. 0201 Mark She recognises that she can do whatever she chooses to do, and that there isn't anybody out there, regardless of the kind of confrontation they provide her because of what she looks like, that can prevent her from doing it.

0216 COMM With a new lease of life, Hunter is now helping to educate others with motivational speaking. 0222 Hunter People need to understand that it's ok to be different. It's ok to not fit the norm because there is no norm. 0231 COMM With a fresh outlook, Hunter is now preparing for life at university and she's ready for anything. 0236 Hunter For every 2 idiot who can't get it into their thick skulls, there's another 3 who are gonna open up to some level, who are gonna be able to see past it and be able to see me. I'm not normal and proud of it.

Sisters battle rare, fatal genetic disease found in 100 people worldwide

YOU ARE WATCHING NEWS CENTER FIVE AT 1100. AN ESTIMATED 100 PEOPLE WORLDWIDE HAVE THE SYNDROME TYPE C. 3 LIVE IN BELMONT. ONE LOCAL FAMILIES STORY OF COURAGE AND HOPE. FOR BELMONT PARENTS PAUL AND NANCY BURKE, THE WAR IS NEVER STOP. THEY HAVE ORTHOPEDIC PROBLEMS, HEART PROBLEMS. IT IS A CONSTANT STRESS. THE LOVE AND SUPPORT DOES NOT STOP EITHER. THEY GET UP EVERY DAY WITH A SMILE ON THEIR FACE EVEN THOUGH EACH DAY IS SO CHALLENGING FOR THEM. HOW COULD WE NOT GET UP WITH A SMILE ON OUR FACE.

WAX IT STARTED WHEN THE OLDEST OF THEIR THREE GIRLS STARTED HAVING TROUBLE IN SCHOOL AT SIX YEARS OLD. EVERYTHING WAS FINE PRIOR TO THAT. HER HEALTH KEPT GETTING WORSE AND IT WOULD BE ANOTHER THREE YEARS BEFORE A WERE FINALLY TOLD WHY. ONE OF THE MOST TERRIBLE DISEASES THAT EXISTS. SHE HAS SANFILIPPO SYNDROME TYPE SEE TYPE C, THE RAREST FORM OF A DISEASE THAT DESTROYS CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. RESEARCHERS ESTIMATE JUST 100 PEOPLE WORLDWIDE HAVE THIS AND THEY SOON FOUND OUT DAUGHTERS LINDSAY AND KELSEY DID TOO. THE MATERIAL ACCUMULATES IN.

THE BODY, IN THE BRAIN, UNFORTUNATELY. IT ALSO CAUSES SOME OTHER ABNORMALITIES SUCH AS WARS AND FACIAL FEATURES. COARSENED FACIAL FEATURES. AT THAT TIME, THEY TOLD US THE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY WAS 14. YOU ARE SO SHOCKED AND YOUR HEART IS RIPPED OUT OF YOU. YOU CANNOT GIVE INTO IT OR WALLOW IN IT BECAUSE YOU HAVE A FAMILY TO TAKE CARE OF. OVER THE YEARS, THEY HAVE HAD TO WATCH THE CHILDREN THEY ONCE KNEW SLIP AWAY. THEY PLAYED BASKETBALL, SOCCER. THEY RODE HORSES. THEY DID EVERYTHING. WE GOT TO KNOW THEM.

WE GOT TO KNOW THE PEOPLE THAT WE THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO BE. JILLIAN, THEY'RE HAPPY SUNSHINE. LINDSAY, SUITE AND CURIOUS. KELSEY, THE SPITFIRE OF THE FAMILY. FAST FORWARD TO TODAY. ALL THREE HAVE COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENTS, TROUBLE COMMUNICATING, AND BALANCE ISSUES. LINDSAY HAS A FEEDING TUBE. DESPITE IT ALL, THEY'RE SWEET SPIRIT AND STRENGTH STILL SHINE THROUGH. ALL THREE GIRLS, NOW IN THEIR 20'S, ARE BEATING THE ODDS. WE STILL BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING CAN BE DONE, THAT THEY CAN HAVE A FUTURE AND THAT IT CAN BE REVERSED. A CURE.

New Hope for Rare Genetic Disorder

I'm Gabe Garza with today's health news. A new treatment looks promising for children with this rare genetic disorder. A small study from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center found that children with LRBA deficiency who took the rheumatoid arthritis medication Orencia showed improvement after treatment. LRBA deficiency is a genetic immune system disorder that can cause infections, diabetes, lung disease and healthy tissue damage. The genetic mutations that cause LRBA deficiency were just discovered in 2012. 7 out of 9 children in this study showed signs of improvement with lung function and fewer autoimmunity.

Boy With Rare Genetic Disorder Organizes Drive After Finding Comfort In Books

RESIDENTS, AND PROVIDE SCHOOL CLASSROOMS WITH AIR FILTERS. A BOOK CAN FUEL THE IMAGINING A AND TAKE YOU FAR AWAY. CRK'S SERENE BRANSON, INTRODUCES US TO A LITTLE BOY WHO IS HOLDING A BOOK DRIVE TOMORROW TO HELP OTHER YOUNG PATIENTS AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL. Reporter JOSHUA IS LIKE MOST 5YEAROLD BOYS BUT HE HAS A RARE GENETIC DISORDER WHERE TUMORS FORM ON BONES. HE WILL COMPLAIN OF PAIN BEHIND HIS KNEES. Reporter HIS MOM ALSO SUFFERED FROM IT, SHE KNOWS THE PAIN. THE BONE TUMORS CAN AFFECT THE GROWTH OF THE BONE, AND.

CAUSE LIMBS TO BE SHORTER OR LONGER. Reporter HERE HE IS AFTER SURGERY ON HIS R RIGHT WRIST AFR TWO YEARS OLD. IT WILL STOP GROWING AS HE STOPS GROWING BUT HE HAS TO MANAGE IT HIS WHOLE LIFE. Reporter DURING THOSE VISIT THEY DISCOVERED HEALING ROOM THAT GIVES A NEW BOOK EVERY DAY TO EVERY PATIENT. I'LL WAIT FOR JOSHUA, SURGERY THERE WERE BOOKS, GOOD FOR US TO TAKE OUR MIND OFF OF THINGS. AND JOSHUA HAD A BOOK WHILE WAITING FOR APPOINTMENTS. MAKES ME HAPPY. Reporter THAT IS WHY JOSH.

Fundraiser planned to help Goffstown girl with rare genetic disorder

JEAN MACKIN MET UP WITH THE TWO IN GOFFSTOWN AND SHOWS US WHY THEY ARE WINNING OVER HEARTS. YOU'VE BEEN VERY LOVED AND CARED FOR, HAVEN'T YOU JEAN NOT MUCH CAN SLOW DOWN PAM TABER MCCARTHY AND HER 15YEAROLD DAUGHTER MAURA, BORN WITH A CHROMOSOME DISORDER SO RARE, IT HAS NO NAME. MAURA IS NONVERBAL IN A WHEELCHAIR AND A BIG PART OF THE GOFFSTOWN SCHOOL SYSTEM. THEY DO ADAPT PHYSICAL EDUCATION, MUSIC, ART, AND SHE GOES TO SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES. JEAN GETTING AROUND IS GETTING MORE DIFFICULT. THIS IS THE FAMILY VAN, 236,000.

MILES, NINE YEARS OLD, CONSIDERED TO WILL TO MODIFY FOR A WHEELCHAIR. HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHAT TO RAISE MONEY FOR A WHEELCHAIR VAN. YOU CAN SEE WHY. , ON, HONEY. CLEAR HER HEAD. JEAN PAM FINDS THE STRENGTH TO GET MAURA IN THE VAN AND HER WHEELCHAIR LOADED IN THE BACK. THIS IS ABOUT 50PLUS POUNDS, TOO. THAT IS WHAT I HAVE TO DO. JEAN THIS SINGLE MOTHER AND FULLTIME REGISTERED NURSE SAYS SHE CANNOT GET HURT BECAUSE SHE NEEDS TO CARE FOR HER DAUGHTER. MOMMY NEEDS TO GET A.

Infant has rare genetic disorder

THIS WEEK, A JUDGE LOWERED HER BOND FROM $150,000 TO $100,000. JEREMY IT IS A DISEASE THAT CAUSES BENIGN TUMORS IN ORGANS ROUTE THE BODY. AN EIGHTMONTHOLD BABY IS FIGHTING THOSE TUMORS ALL HER MOM WHILE HER MOTHER FIGHTS FOR THEM. ALEX FROM THE OUTSIDE, IT IS HARD TO TELL THAT MAYA IS DEALING WITH SO MUCH ON THE INSIDE. SHE WAS BORN WITH TUMORS IN HER BRAIN AND IN HER HEART. NOW SHE HAS TUMORS IN HER KIDNEYS. SHE STARTED HAVING SEIZURES WHEN SHE WAS FOUR DAYS OLD. ALEX ONE IN.

6000 NEW BOARDS HAVE THIS DISORDER. DOCTORS SAY IT IS CAUSED BY A GENE MUTATION RESULTING IN OVERGROWN TISSUE. IT MOSTLY MANIFESTS ITSELF IN THE BRAIN AND IN THE SKIN BUT IT COULD POTENTIALLY AFFECT ANY ORGAN IN THE BODY. ALEX HER DOCTOR, WITH THE METHODIST HEALTH SYSTEM, SAYS THE DISORDER CAN LEAD TO MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. SHE GOT DIAGNOSED THE BABY. ALEX AT EIGHT MONTHS OLD, SHE TAKES SEIZURE MEDICATION THREE TIMES A DAY AND CHEMOTHERAPY MEDICATION FOUR TIMES A WEEK TO SHRINK EXISTING TUMORS AND PREVENT NEW ONES FROM FORMING.

One Boys Rare Disease Brings Gene Discovery

Rtf1ansiansicpg1252cocoartf1038cocoasubrtf360 fonttblf0fswissfcharset0 Helvetica colortblred255green255blue255 margl1440margr1440vieww9000viewh8400viewkind0 pardtx720tx1440tx2160tx2880tx3600tx4320tx5040tx5760tx6480tx7200tx7920tx8640qlqnaturalpardirnatural f0fs24 cf0 gtgt Peggy MASON'S DAD RECORDED page THIS VIDEO THE MOURN HIS WIFE TOLD HIS SON A SAN DIEGO RESEARCHER FOUND THE CAUSE OF HIS RARE AND LIFE THREATENING DISORDER. gtgt AND I KNEW THAT THERE WAS ONE IN YOUR BODY THAT WAS HAVING ALL OF THESE PROBLEMS AND COULDN'T FIND IT THEY FOUND IT. gtgt Peggy YOU CAN SEE WHEN 10YEAROLD MASON REALIZES THE IMPLICATIONS FOR HIM AND OTHERS WHO HAVE DISORDERS OF CDG. gtgt YOU ARE GOING TO BE FIXED. IT MEANS PROBABLY THERE WILL BE.

DAYS YOU DON'T HAVE A TUBE ALL THE TIME. IT MEANS THAT WHEN OTHER KIDS GET SICK LIKE THIS THEY WON'T HAVE TO LOOK SO MUCH. THEY WILL KNOW WHERE TO GO. gtgt Peggy A FEW MONTHS LATER MASON AND HIS FAMILY TRAVELED FROM THEIR HOME IN PENNSYLVANIA TO LA JOLLA TO MEET THE DOCTOR WHO DISCOVERED THE GENE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS SEVERE MEDICAL PROBLEMS. gtgt WE HAVE A PICTURE OF THE WHOLE LAB WEARING OUR MASON HOPE T SHIRTS. gtgt HE SAID HE WANTED TO COME AND SHAKE THE DOCTOR'S HAND.

THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. gtgt DISCOVERING MASON'S GENE SETS YOU UP TO THE BASIC SCIENCE AND SAY HERE IS SOMETHING WE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT BEFORE. WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW THIS WORKS. gtgt Peggy FREEZE HOPES THE GENE DISCOVERY WILL LEAD TO NEW TREATMENTS. IN THE MEANTIME MASON AND HIS FAMILY JOINED OTHERS FOR A TOUR OF THE LAB AND A CHANCE TO TALK TO RESEARCHERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY. gtgt RARE DISEASES PROVIDE ROSETTA STONES FOR UNDERSTANDING MORE ABOUT PHYSIOLOGY AND COMMON page DISORDERS. gtgt Peggy CGD IS FAR FROM COMMON.

Gtgt HE WAS BORN WITH A CLEFT PALATE AND A SMALL JAW. WE DIDN'T KNOW THAT HE HAD AS MANY SEVERE PROBLEMS THAT HE HAD UNTIL THE FIRST NIGHT OF HIS BIRTH. WHEN HE QUIT BREATHING. gtgt THIS HELPS NE BREATH. gtgt Peggy AND CDG MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR MASON TO SUSTAIN LIFE SUSTAINING BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS. FIVE TIMES A DAY HE INGESTS SUGAR COCKTAIL THROUGH HIS STOMACH. gtgt I CAN'T DO A LOT I CAN'T RUN FOR A LONG TIME. LIKE OTHER PEOPLE. gtgt Peggy STILL HE'S ABLE TO PLAY BALL HAD W. HIS 14YEAROLD.

BROTHER, A TENDS SCHOOL DAILY AND GETS GOOD GRADES. gtgt HE HAS PROVEN HE WILL BEAT THIS. HE MAKES IT VERY EASY TO GO ON. gtgt Peggy ERIC GREEN DIRECTOR OF THE HUMAN GENOME INSTITUTE SAYS MASON'S RESEARCH AND RESPONSE WILL BE PART OF THE GENETIC DATABASE FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH. gtgt WE HAVE SET UP SEVERAL SPECIALIZED CENTERS WHO WILL TAKE IN SAMPLES FROM AROUND THE WORLD WITH RARE GENETIC DISEASES AND USE STATE OF THE ART GENOME SEQUENCING AND METHODS THAT WE BELIEVE WILL INDUSTRIALIZE THE CAUSE OF THESE RARE DISORDERS. gtgt Peggy MEANWHILE MASON IS.

Child helps JHU students learn about rare disorder

REPRESSION TREAT DEPRESSION SHOWED A 6 INCREASE. THE MOST COMMONLY USED DRUG WAS A CHOLESTEROLLOWERING STATINS CALLED SIMVASTATIN. AND FIRSTYEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS AT JOHNS HOPKINS ARE LEARNING ABOUT A RARE GENETIC RARE GENETIC DISORDERS. THEY ARE GETTING THEIR INFORMATION FROM BOOKS, RESEARCH, LABS, AND AS 11 NEWS MEGHAN PRINT REPORTS, A CHILD. MEGAN THIS LECTURE HALL IS STILL WITH BRILLIANT MINDS. THESE ARE MEDICAL STUDENTS FROM JOHNS HOPKINS LEARNING AN IMPORTANT LESSON THAT COMES FROM SOMEONE WHO BROUGHT TOYS. THIS IS SEVEN EUROS SEVENYEAROLD ELLIE MCGINN. SHE AND HER FATHER HAVE VALUABLE.

Service dog gives girl with rare disease a helping hand

IN THE EARLY 30'S WITH A STOCKY BEARD, LIGHT MUSTACHE AND BEARD. NEW AT 1100, A LITTLE GIRL IN THE FIGHT OF HER LIFE BUT HAS SOME BIG HELP GETTING HER THROUGH. SHE AND THE SERVICE DOG ARE FACING THIS RARE AND DANGEROUS DISEASE TOGETHER. WCVB NEWSCENTER 5'S MARY SA PLAD REPORTS THE FAMILY IS HOPING HER STORY WILL HELP OTHERS. WHEN THEY LOOK INTO YOUR EYES AND YOU GO NOSE NOSE, IT THEIRS WAY OF HUGGING YOU. MEET BELLA, AN ENERGETIC TALKATIVE TENYEAROLD WHO FOUND HER FOOT THANKS TO THE NEW.

SERVICE DOG, GORMING, AND NEW YOU TREATMENT FOR THE RARE POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATEN DOING I SEES SHE HAS BEEN DEALING WITH SINCE THE AGE OF TWO. BELLA HAS SOMETHING CALLED A SYNDROME ATTACKS THE HEALTHY BONE GROWTH. THAT IS WHY SHE IS SHORT STAFFED HERE AND HER HIPS HEAD ISSUES HAD WITH ISSUES WITH EM THIS. HER FEET. AFTER NINE MAJOR SURGERIES GETTING AROUND HAS NEVER BEEN EASY. IT IS A LOT BETTER SINCE BELLA STARTED ENZYME TRANSFUSIONS LAST JUNE. ROCK ON. SINCE GEORGE MOVED IN LAST MONTH. I HAD IT THERE.

REGULAR CRUTCHES AND THEN, WE HAVE GEORGE AND I DROPPED MY CRUTCHES. THIS ONEYEAROLD GREAT DANE GOES EVERYWHERE WITH BELLA INCLUDING SCHOOL. KNOWS WHAT TO DO. HE KNOWS ALL MY CLASS. HANDSOME AND SWEET AS GEORGE IS, WHEN IS OUT AND ABOUT WITH BELLA, HE IS OFFLIMITS TO THE REST OF US MUCH SOME PEOPLE COUPLE AND ASK IF THEY CAN PET HIM AND PLAY WITH HIM. SOME PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE THERAPY DOGS. I SO KNOW YOU CANNOT PET HIM. A WORK DOG WITH A BIG JOB TO DO. FOR LITTLE LADY WELL A LOT OF.

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