Cooper and Mallory Fasching were diagnosed with a genetic mitochondrial disorder, which makes them unable to walk and talk. But it hasn't stopped them from having a positive impact on their family, including older brother Hudson, who plays hockey for the NHL's Buffalo Sabres.
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In September 2004, our beautiful daughter Kylie was born. Five months later, our world was turned upside down. Our baby girl started having seizures and was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease. During the first three years of her life, we spent countless days in the hospital, watching as Kylie suffered from thousands of seizures and was subjected to many tests and procedures.
Two-year-old Madelyn has been treated at Children's Minnesota and Minnesota Epilepsy Group for the specific type of epileptic seizure.
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Born with a one-of-a-kind genetic variance, 2-year-old William Schlimm learned to walk with the help of rehabilitation services at Children’s Minnesota.
Our genetic counselors are available to help you determine whether a genetic consultation may be helpful. Children’s Physician Access is available 24/7 with a representative on the line throughout the call to assist with referrals, consultations and admissions and to provide general information.
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We know you may want to dig for more information, so we gathered these materials and resources from organizations in Minnesota and beyond. There are so many excellent resources for families we could not include them all. We will be happy to provide additional resources upon request or at your visit with the genetic clinic.
Most families come to us because a primary care physician has referred them to the genetics clinic. Depending on your child's age, before the first visit, talk about it with your child. You can use our Patient Family Education materials as a guide, including this overview on genetic conditions. (Hmong, Somali, and Spanish translations available at link). Show your child a photo of the doctor from our directory. With younger kids, it may also help to draw pictures (stick figures work just fine!).
When you want answers, you want to talk to experts. They work as a team to evaluate, diagnose, and treat your child. And every family who comes through our clinic door at Children's Minnesota meets with a genetic counselor as well as a board certified geneticist or advanced practice registered nurse with additional training in genetics.