(CBS) — It’s a rare disorder with no cure and it strikes without warning, robbing little girls of their ability to walk, talk, eat and even breathe.
In this Original Report, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look at Rett syndrome and one Chicago family’s fight to raise awareness.
At first glance, Emma Irizarry looks like an average 3-year-old. She’s happy and playful, but her precious smile hides a rare disorder called Rett Syndrome, which affects 1 in every 10-15,000 girls born and is generally fatal to baby boys.
“It clearly is a change in genetic material, in the X chromosome which results in girls having severe developmental problems,” said Rush Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Peter Heydemann.
Dr. Heydemann says it can strike any girl and there are no warning signs.
Emma’s parents suspected something was wrong when she stopped developing as quickly as her twin brother, but knew nothing about…
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