Abigail had a very rough start in life, being born at 28 weeks gestation and being immediately on the at risk register due to her birth family's circumstances. She was born in the shower when her mother had a seizure and through a variety of complications in dealing with the family, was hypothermic and in shock when she got to hospital.
She was diagnosed with her main condition MELAS immediately as her mother has it. MELAS is a genetic condition which causes a range of problems and is life limiting and neurodegenerative.
Abi returned home after several months in hospital but experienced several types of abuse which led to her being removed at the age of 2.
She was in care for 18months and was finally placed with us for adoption at the age of 3 and a half.
It quickly became apparent that she was suffering a variety of seizure activity and was significantly delayed in all areas, in particular social and emotional development.
She was diagnosed as having attachment disorder several years later and functions at a number of years behind her chronological age.
She attends a special school which she loves-especially hydro therapy and sees 21 different professionals in the course of an average 6 months, ranging from cardiology to CAMHS. She has been admitted several times. Due to confidentiality issues Abi hasn't got her own webpage but anyone wanting to know more about mitochondrial disease can visit the mitochondrial disease network online.
Abi is now a happy, cheerful little girl who can now walk and talk and is a pleasure to have as part of our family.