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Family day held to support Kidderminster youngster with genetic disorder

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A FAMILY day was held to raise money and awareness of a Kidderminster youngster’s rare genetic disorder.

Felix Jones-Whale, four, is one of only 100 people in the UK with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, a disorder where genetic material is missing from one of the 46 chromosomes.

Church House Day Nursery, in Kidderminster, hosted the event which saw 28 families get together to raise £782.

The main symptoms of Phelan-McDermid Syndrome are speech and language delay, autistic traits, global development delay and Hypotonia.

Felix has attended Church House Nursery since he was a baby and now goes to Wyre Forest School.

All the children at the event were given handmade quilts donated by Project Linus and Professor Eva Loth, of King’s College London, spoke about her research project into Autism and the Shank3 gene.

Earlier this year, Felix and his family met Doctor Katy Phelan, of Florida, who discovered the syndrome, at a family day in London.

Source: The Shuttle
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