Six-year-old remains active despite Spinal Muscular Atrophy diagnosis

Six-year-old remains active despite Spinal Muscular Atrophy diagnosis

Quad-Cities Online | December 18, 2010 | By Laura Anderson

Ella Christopher sat at her kitchen table, scribbling a crayon back and forth on a coloring book page.

“This is what we do every day after school,” said her mother, Amy Christopher.

Things are a little better now for the Eldridge family, but they aren’t easy. Ella, 6, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, type 2, when she was 14-months-old.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a progressive, neuro-muscular disease that causes progressive weakness, Ms. Christopher said. “She basically atrophies.”

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