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16-month-old Alainah of Cape Code has enrolled in a genetics study to find the cause of her small head size. In the meantime, early interventions are helping her overcome her early developmental delays and achieve her greatest potential.  Alainah, her parents and her unaffected 6-year-old sister will provide DNA samples for sequencing.

Patient with  microcephaly at Boston Childrens Hospital

Saving Grace: Clues to microcephaly from the Middle East

Addison met all her early milestones, but at around 4 months, she had a seizure, and by 9 months, her head appeared small for her age. Then her little brother Brooks showed signs of the same disease. Research on families in the Middle East provided clues that led to the family’s genetic mutation being discovered and the birth of a healthy sister, Grace.

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