Maggie was born in 2008 and was found on the Extended Newborn Screening (ENBS) tests to have Glutaric Aciduria Type 1. Glutaric Aciduria or “GA1” or “GAT1” is an inherited genetic disorder in which the body is unable to break down completely the amino acids lysine, hydroxylysine and tryptophan. This can cause brain and organ damage and we were very scared when we learned of Maggie’s condition.
Maggie is 3 years old now and is full of life and is perfectly healthy! She now has a baby brother, Henry, age 1, who was found by testing after birth at the hospital in 2011 to also have Glutaric Aciduria Type 1. To manage their rare condition, they are both on a low protein diet and hospitalized for acute illness, but they are tough kids.
They are so smart and wonderful! We know they will make a big difference in the world!