Michaela was originally diagnosed at 8 months old with Leber's Congenital Amaurosis, a retina condition. We began early intervention services for her at that time, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, and developmental therapy. She also received services from an orientation and mobility specialist and a teacher of the visually impaired. When Michaela was five, we sought the assistance of a geneticist, due to concerns about her development. After a muscle biopsy done in Atlanta, she was diagnosed with a mitochondrial disorder. She continued her therapies, as well as IVig treatments. Throughout her life, Michaela enjoyed school, books, music, and lots of laughter. She died in 2003 from complications of her mitochondrial disease.
The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine is dedicated to supporting the most promising treatments for the many forms of mitochondrial disease. People with mitochondrial disease struggle daily. So do the many people affected by the cousins of mitochondrial disease—Autism, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Chronic Fatigue, diabetes, epilepsy and more.
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