October is Rett Syndrome Awareness month, and a San Antonio mother is trying to increase awareness about the disease. Rhett Syndrome is a genetic neurological disorder, that affects primarily girls, and is often misdiagnosed as autism or cerebral palsy. According to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, it occurs worldwide in 1 of every 10,000 to 23,000 female births.
San Antonio mother Lydia Lopez, is trying to bring awareness to the disease, after her daughter Angel, 9, was diagnosed five years ago.
“It’s been hard, having to adapt to different things,” said Lopez. “Trying to keep things out of her reach because she puts everything in her mouth. It's kind of like the way an infant would explore their surroundings. They want to put everything in their mouth.”
Although Angel has difficulty speaking and struggles daily to do normal tasks, her case is not considered as severe as most others.
“Regression is pretty severe in the beginning,” said Lopez. “There's a lot of crying, screaming, frustration because she's not able to tell us what she wants anymore and a lot of girls lose their ability to walk."
Angel's family says they've learned a lot about Rett Syndrome in the past few years, but hope others do the same.
“I mainly want people to know what it is, what the functions are, so if they see somebody who has Rett Syndrome, they can let their doctor know to get them tested," said Lopez.
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