Six years ago my son, Jacob, was born with a rare metabolic condition that requires detailed, daily medical care, including the use of nutritional supplements. These nutritional supplements are highly specific to his condition and are essential to his thriving.Read more
Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency is an inherited disorder that causes ammonia to accumulate in the blood. Ammonia, which is formed when proteins are broken down in the body, is toxic if the levels become too high. The nervous system is especially sensitive to the effects of excess ammonia. Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency can become evident at any age from infancy to adulthood in both males and females. The most severe form causes catastrophic elevations of ammonia in the blood in the first few days of life. An infant with the neonatal-onset form of ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency may be lethargic or unwilling to eat, and have a poorly-controlled breathing rate or body temperature. Infants with this severe form of the disorder may be described as “floppy” and can experience seizures or coma. The late-onset form of the disorder occurs at any age outside the newborn period. Children and adults with late-onset ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency may experience episodes of altered mental status, such as delirium, erratic behavior, or a reduced level of consciousness. Headaches, vomiting, aversion to protein foods, and seizures can also occur in this form of the disorder. The effects of ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency may include developmental delay and intellectual disability. Progressive liver damage may also occur. In some mildly-affected individuals, signs and symptoms of ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency may be less severe, and may not appear until later in life.
Pat and Issac
Hi, I’m Pat and this is my son, Isaac, and husband/caregiver, David. Isaac is high functioning Autistic. I’m Type 2 diabetic. My husband recently has been hospitalized for pulmonary edema. My family is in and out of hospitals a lotRead more
Brayden, 5 months
Having medical coverage would mean we could have more of a variety of foods for my son instead of relying on the same foods since we will have more money to spend on fresh foods.Read more