Rebecca was born after a normal pregnancy and birth. She developed as expected until around 6 months when she failed to sit up independently. She was seeing a paediatrician due to low birth weight and the coloboma of her eye, so she referred Rebecca to a consultant who suggested blood and a MRI scan. This happened when she was nine months old.
The day after her first birthday we got the results of her MRI and it said she had a brain malformation called Holoprosencephaly which is very rare. Most children with this condition usually do not survive birth. Since then, Rebecca has had lots of input from occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech therapists. In 2011 Rebecca had tendons cut in her groin to relieve pain and increase movement but this was not very successful so future surgery will be necessary. Rebecca attends a local special needs school. Although Rebecca is unable to walk or talk, and requires 24hr care, she is a happy little girl who enjoys swimming, going out and family holidays.