A 3-year-old boy from Scotland suffers from a rare disease that will eventually rob him of his ability to walk and talk, The Daily Record reported.

Blake McMillan of Longforgan, Perthshire, has MeCP2 duplication syndrome. The condition is so rare that only 120 cases in 36 families have been recorded around the world, according to the newspaper.

“MECP2 duplication syndrome is a condition that occurs almost exclusively in males and is characterized by moderate to severe intellectual disability. Most people with this condition also have weak muscle tone in infancy, feeding difficulties, poor or absent speech, seizures that may not improve with treatment, or muscle stiffness (spasticity). Individuals with MECP2 duplication syndrome have delayed development of motor skills such as sitting and walking. Approximately one third of people with this condition cannot walk without assistance.”


The genetic disorder means he will likely start suffering from seizures around the age of five, which will eventually cause his brain to stop functioning normally.

The condition was discovered in 2005 and has a life expectancy of about 25 years old.

“It won’t happen straight away,” Blake’s mother, Jenny, 36, told the Daily Record. “We’ve been told Blake is likely to gradually regress until he is a baby again.”

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4 thoughts on “MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome Means That 3-Year-Old May Not Walk, Talk”

  1. Katrina Ellis says:

    Well the comments on this is wrong my son can walk and is talking with help so nor all will get like this

  2. tommi says:

    My son is 12. Had his first seizure at age 11. He does walk with help but does not talk yet. We live in Illinois usa.

  3. My son is 10. He started having drop seizures February 15, 2016. Before, he use to walk on his own but now he needs assistance. He can eat on his own but he has a feeding tube as well.

  4. Mila says:

    My son is 10. He doesn’t talk. He used to walk better with assistance but since he got first signs of seizure about June 2017 his mobility got worse. Couple days ago he has EEG scan. Got results today 2 days later…he has 2 types of seizure and they are hard to treat. Unfortunately my boy is not the lucky one.

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