Harrison is the first child born to Caitlin and Kyle on April 21, 2017. Caitlin had Gestational Diabetes during pregnancy, and Harrison had two-vessel cord but otherwise an unremarkable pregnancy and scored 9/10 and then 10/10 on his APGAR at birth. Harrison had a tongue tie revised at two weeks old and had some feeding issues when starting solids around six months of age that resolved. Harrison developed fairly normally during the first year of his life, meeting milestones within the outer limits of normal until around 11 months of age. Harrison started to cruise, but at 2.5 years old is not yet walking unassisted. Harrison was referred to a paediatrician for monitoring and at 18 months of age was diagnosed with Global Development Delay. Our paediatrician sent us for genetic testing.
We received the news that Harrison had a micro deletion at 22q.11.21 Tango2 and it inherited from Caitlin and Kyle. It was around the age of 18 months to two years old that Harrison started to have “episodes”, where he would completely lose energy and lay on the floor. These would last anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours and as soon as they were over Harrison was right as rain. Since starting on a “mito-cocktail” Harrison has been episode free for several months.
Harrison has had EEG’s, ECG’s, heart ultrasounds, urine samples, blood sugar pricks and is perfectly healthy. At 2.5 Harrison has not had a metabolic crisis, or any symptoms of heart disease or seizure. We check in annually with all the specialists. Harrison does have grommets (ear tubes) inserted, which has made a difference to the amount of illnesses he picks up. He has as slightly lazy eye.
Harrison wears AFO’s and is diagnosed with both hypertonia and hypertonia. He is learning to walk with a posterior walker, yet has little motivation to get up and move because crawling is so effective for him! He can get wherever he wants to go.
Harrison sees speech (is considered pre-verbal), OT and physio weekly.
Harrison loves cars and trucks, adores baths and swimming pools and the ocean. He is a very happy little boy who loves to spend time with his parents, grandparents and friends. He is very kind and will share all of this belongings with everyone he comes across.