Matthew was diagnosed with Late Infantile Krabbe Leukodystrophy at age 14 months. Krabbe leukodystrophy is a degenerative disorder that affects the nervous system. It is caused by the shortage (deficiency) of an enzyme called galactosylceramidase (GALC). This enzyme deficiency results in defective myelin, the covering that insulates many nerves.  There is no cure for Krabbe leukodystrophy. The genetic basis for the enzyme defect in Krabbe disease has been traced to a faulty gene on chromosome 14.

Matthew is our first and only child and his smile brings us more joy everyday.

We cherish every moment we are blessed to have with him.

3 thoughts on “Rapid Degenerative Disorder Called Krabbe Leukodystrophy Affects Baby Matthew’s Body But Not His Smile”

  1. Sharon Biehl says:

    Matthew has taught all of us to smile and enjoy each day, for each day is a blessing from God, just like our little Matthew. He is a joy and has truely changed my life.

    Love you little man.

  2. Sharon Biehl says:

    Matthew has taught us to smile and enjoy each day. He is a blessing from God and has changed all of our lives for the better.

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