Helsmoortel-van der Aa syndrome.
Zella has an incredibly rare genetic disorder with a CRAZY name. For now I’ll refer to it as ADNP syndrome, its’ other name. Here are a few characteristics of the disorder (as per OMIM)…
*feeding problems in infancy
*congenital heart defects
*dysmorphic facial features
…and the list goes on and on.
Thanks to a $22,000 test done by GeneDx, we have our answer. But only thanks to our Lord do we have the strength to continue to help Zella grow and develop into the person He made her to be.
To our knowledge, this syndrome does not look to be one where she will end up regressing, although it is possible. And she will most likely eventually walk, but it will be much later (perhaps closer to 3 years old). Zella seems to be on the mild end of this spectrum.
The genetic issue seems to be de novo (new – unrelated to Jake or I), and will not affect the other kids as far as heredity goes. We will be enrolling Zella in any/all available studies.
For some light reading, feel free to hop on over to ADNPKids!