If you read my first post about Kenan Spencer Witczak, you might want to know more about Krabbe Disease. You may also want to understand what Leukodystrophy is.
|Kenan and his big sister Tamsen
The following is an overview of what happens to a child with Krabbe Disease
Symptoms usually begin at two to six months of age. The average age of death is 13 months.
General irritability (excessive crying), stiffness, arrest of motor and mental development, loss of previously attained milestones, difficulty in feeding, and seizures.
Many babies in Stage One Krabbe Disease are misdiagnosed with colic, reflux, food/milk allergy, or even cerebral palsy.
-He was officially diagnosed at 8 mos.
Children may have severe arching of the back, jerking of the arms and/or legs, more severe and rapid deterioration of mental and motor function, generally fed through a tube.
Children lose mental and motor function, become deaf and blind, unable to move or speak.
Later onset Krabbe Disease, while less common, delays the onset of neurological symptoms until middle childhood, adolescence or adulthood.