Brody has a rare genetic condition called MECP2 Duplication Syndrome.  The neurodevelopmental syndrome was first discovered in 2005. MECP2 Duplication Syndrome is usually caused by duplication of DNA on the Xq28 region of the chromosome and is most commonly inherited in an X-linked manner.

Most affected males have inherited the MeCP2 duplication from their mother, however, spontaneous (also known as de novo) duplications have been reported.  If a mother has a MECP2 duplication, the chance of transmitting it in each pregnancy is 50%.

This genetic condition affects Brody’s brain and muscles and he is fed through a mic-key button in his tummy.  He also suffers from recurrent chest infections.

Despite all that Brody and our family battle on a daily basis, we still have hope in our genes.