Local family works to meet daughter’s needs
New Richmond News | July 20, 2011 | By Jackie Grumish
Gabbie Bark was given just six months to live.
Thankfully that first diagnosis proved wrong, due to a general misunderstanding about Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). The 2-year-old’s future is much brighter than first suspected.
That doesn’t mean her current health status and her future won’t be filled with challenges.
An inherited disease, SMA leads to the loss of muscle and motor function. The rare disease is the result of the absence of or defect in the individual’s Survival Motor Neuron 1 gene.
“One in 40 people are carriers,” explained Gabbie’s dad, Jamie. “Both me and my wife (Jackie) are carriers, so from a numbers standpoint it’s pretty rare to have both parents as carriers.”
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