Flora's Duchenne Muscular Dytsrophy

Flora's Duchenne Muscular Dytsrophy

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Clementine and Zia take their daughter, Flora, to the hospital only to receive some shocking news...

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  • She seems to be falling very frequently and have trouble getting up. Not to mention she's not "the sharpest tool in the shed".
  • Our daughter has trouble walking and tells us she feels pain when doing so.
  • Oh no.. How could this had happened??
  • Oddly, it is very rare for a female to get this, but not impossible. Males are more prone to acquire this because if something goes wrong with their one X chromosome they have nothing to back it up or make up for it. 
  • Flora seems to have symptoms of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophin, a genetic disorder that affects the muscles and the mother is the carrier
  • This disease is caused by a change or "mutation" in the dystrophin gene which leads to no dystrophin production. Over time, muscles will experience extreme degeneration.
  • Without dystrophin, a muscle will tear and not repair itself, leading to  weakness of themuscles.
  • Though there is no cure, there are many treatments such as Eteplirsen or Corticosteroids that can minimize the symptoms and even increase muscle strength. 
  • With these treatments, Flora could still live a long, prodcutive life, so there's no need for tears
  • To cheer you up, we'll buy you all the ice cream you want!!
  • Ice Cream
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