By: Vineet Ravoori. Angleman Syndrome. History.
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Angelman Syndrome was first noticed by Dr. Harry Angelman in 1965, when he noticed three children who had stiff, jerky gait, abnormal laughter and seizures, and absent speech. Angelman said that he encountered these three kids by “pure chance”, or in other words, he met them on accident. As he was examining these kids in his hospital in England, he observed that all three children had different problems/conditions, but theorized that all of them had been suffering under the same dilemma. Angelman, however, was not able to prove that these three people had the same disease because of his lack of technology, therefore not publishing an article on this issue. It was not until he took a trip to Italy and saw a painting in a museum called “A Boy With A Puppet”, that he had an urge to take up his original findings. This picture depicted a boy with a laughing face which reminded him of the abnormal laughter of his patients and influenced him to write an article about the disease which he called Puppet Children. Due to unhappy feedback from parents, the name was changed to Angelman Syndrome.
Dr. Harry Angelman
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Brady is a nine year old boy suffering from Angelman syndrome. He is prescribed to numerous drugs and must take them everyday in order to prevent seizures or other catastrophes. Sometimes his med levels get too high, therefore needing to reduce the intake of some of his drugs; but this causes a problem, for he is more likely to show severe symptoms if he is not taking enough of the medicine. Furthermore, Brady is beginning to get a calice in his foot, because of walking on the inside of his foot too much. Other than these issues, Brady leads a well and happy life. Sometimes he doesn’t eat, but other times he “pigs out”, just like a naught little kid. He plays with his friends on a daily basis and enjoys the gifts that life has to offer him, despite his syndrome.
His parents and other family members try their best to make Brady’s life as happy as possible, but they cannot get over the fact that their child is at disability. Most people do not take into consideration the hardships that these little kids have to face their entire life, because they have never seen or experienced this lifestyle up close. The people that are familiar with this handicap know the struggle that people face, and therefore are more concerned and considerate about these people. Brady’s parents pray everyday that nothing goes wrong with their child and they also set up blogs to other websites to promote this syndrome to spread the prayers around for all the other people that have this unfortunate disease.
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