Last week Nicola took on an incredible challenge in aid of Rett Syndrome
Rett syndrome is a neurological condition which most often strikes previously healthy little girls between their first and second birthday and leaves them with multiple disabilities and medical complexities for life.
Most people with Rett are unable to speak, walk or use their hands. Breathing problems, feeding tubes, seizures, anxiety,gastrointestinal and orthopedic issues are common.
Research has shown that girls with Rett do not havebrain damage. They know and understand much more than their bodies allow them to show - but they are locked in, trapped by a body that cannot obey signals from their brain.
Whilst there is currently no treatment for Rett Syndrome, there is hope.
In 1999 scientists identified the genetic mutationthat causes Rett Syndrome. In 2007, they unexpectedly reversed the condition in mouse models of even late stage disease.
Our research efforts are now focused on translating these research developments into treatments and cures for our children living with Rett Syndrome today.
A Huge Congratulations to Nicola
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