Morquio Syndrome

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Who would guess somthing so little could be so inspirational!

It is an autosomal recessive l mucopolysaccharide storage disease. It is a rare type of birth defect with serious consequences.Also known as MPS IV, Morquio syndrome is part of a group of diseases called Mucopolysaccharide.The disease may not be visible at birth; the symptoms usually begin between ages 1 and 3. Morquio Syndrome is a progressive disease, meaning symptoms get worse as the child ages. In children with Morquio Syndrome, the body cannot break down sugar chains called glycosaminoglycans that help build bone, cartilage, eye corneas, skin and connective, tissue. The symtoms of this disease are as follows; short stature, with a very short torso, Abnormal bone and spine development, including severe scoliosis, Bell-shaped chest with ribs flared out at the bottom, Knock-knees (knees that point inward and touch each other as the person walks), And a Large head. Many children with Morquio syndrome are diagnosed with orthopedic conditions including: scoliosis, kyphosis, skeletal dysplasia, narrow chest, joint conditions and leg deformities. In some cases, these conditions are present at birth and can be treated when the child is very young. The estimated number on how many people are born with Morquio Syndrome is 1 out of 210,000 people. Which should mean that their are maybe 500 to 1,000 people in the world that are born with this disease. Morquio syndrome is an autosomal recessive trait, which means both parents must carry the gene that causes Morquio for a child to have the disorder. Many children with Morquio syndrome are diagnosed with orthopedic conditions including: scoliosis, kyphosis, skeletal dysplasia, narrow chest, joint conditions and leg deformities. In some cases, these conditions are present at birth and can be treated when the child is very young.

Sultan Ali's story

Sultan Ali is a 15 year old boy from Briningham England, Sultan is a little different from all the other boy's his age he was born with Morquio syndrome. Sultan claime's he can walk up the stair but he feels a bit tired after. He says "If someone has a cough or a cold, for me it would be more than a cough or a cold." The day the doctor put him on medicine, about 6 years ago when he was nine, The first thing they did was ask his mom if she was okay with him being on the medicine. She said "I'm okay with it but, it's really up to Sultan." Of course sultan said yes. After the medicine he was able to do more things like go up the stairs and walk longer than he ever could before. Sultans dream in the world is to travel to different countries and to have great experiences in his life that they say might not last for long.