Annabelle was diagnosed in January of 2016 at the age of ten. She is a fraternal twin and we suspected from the day she was born a full pound and a half lighter than her sister that something was not right. Annabelle achieved all of her milestones late, learning to walk at two but she never acquired language. Today, she communicates with a talker in short phrases. Annabelle also suffers from abnormal sleep patterns as do most DDX3X children. She has severe cognitive deficits, major sensory issues, and fine motor deficits. She attends a highly specialized school and will likely require around the clock care for the rest of her life. She loves swimming, jumping on her trampoline, books, swinging and she adores her siblings. We are extraordinarily grateful for our DDX3X family, the researchers dedicated to finding a way to improve our children’s lives and those who have provided financial support to the DDX3X Foundation along the way.
Braylee was born February 2, 2014. Pregnancy was normal, but she decided to make her appearance at 36 weeks. She spent 3 weeks in the NICU due to failure to thrive, low blood sugar, breathing abnormalities and two different CHDs.
We finally got her diagnosis in November 2015. We have since become part of an amazing group of families and caretakers. Lena recently celebrated her 2nd birthday by learning how to crawl!
Kate is globally developmentally delayed, non-verbal and has autistic characteristics. She attends school in a severe/profound program where she continues to make slow but steady progress.
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