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The genetic condition afflicting Brooke does not have a name, and doctors are unable to determine why she stopped growing around the age of one to four. Her father explains that she was just like a normal child for the first four years of her life, but then she simply stopped growing. Since then, her height of 20 inches and weight of 16 pounds have remained constant.
In addition to her body not growing, she also suffers from an esophagus that is too small. Communicating like an infant, Brooke is fed through a feeding tube, wears diapers and travels in a stroller. She shows her happiness through giggles and laughter, but it unable to communicate or survive on an adult level.
Brooke’s case is believed to be unique in the world. Her parents are not desperate for a cure, and they take joy in their daughter every day. However, they are interested in helping others should another child suffer from this condition. Scientists researching her case have discovered that her DNA is unlike any others. Scientists are currently studying every single letter of her DNA to see if they can determine why she stopped growing and what they can do about the issue.
While there have not been answers for Brooke, her condition has helped others. The research into her DNA has helped researchers working on cures for Alzheimer’s, cancer and heart disease make strides with these other diseases. An amazing gift to humanity, her parents take comfort in the knowledge that she has been able to help others through research into her condition.
It is also interesting to note that Brooke has a younger sister. Carly, three years younger than Brooke, has developed normally and eclipsed her sister developmentally. While this provides hope to her parents, it also makes the case of the little girl who never grows even more curious.
One problems with having a child who is afflicted with such a unique disease is that there is no support group to help her parents. While they have handled the situation in their own way and even find blessings in it, they have often felt isolated. Their questions go unanswered and only time will tell how long Brooke can continue to live in this way. However, couples who are trying to conceive can potentially avoid serious problems like this by investing in UK DNA testing. With the right prenatal DNA testing UK doctors can help ensure that your child is healthy, happy and normal.
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