Young Zach has been healthy and quick-learning, until he becomes a year old, when his right eye appears turned in. Initially, it appears that he simply has a lazy eye and needs glasses, but these corrective lenses don't help. His walking and talking abilities begin to deteriorate and he develops issues with his immune system, yet doctors fail to find out the cause, until one learns that he has unusually high levels of iron in his brain. It turns out that Zach has been suffering from an extremely rare condition called infantilel neuroaxonal dystrophy (NAD). Cheryl Marshall was always a happy girl, until she was about to start middle school. She began to sweat more than normal and developed an unpleasant odor. At first, it seemed to be from her hygiene, but showering and deodorants didn't help. Not even surgical removal of her sweat glands have managed to curbCheryl's odor. Her situation feels hopeless, until eventually, she takes part in a special test and learns that she has trimethylaminuria (TMAU).moreless
Carol and Fred Kurpiel adopt two seemingly healthy children, when suddenly, they notice something strange with one of them. For some reason, young Ashley's big toes are in an unusual position with a bump on each of them, and she has a lump on her shoulder, which spreads to her arm. That arm soon gets amputated, and things seem to return to normal, until her parents discover a lump on Ashley's left shoulder. It seems that Ashley has fibromatosis, when actually she has had fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP). When twenty-year-old Jake Geiger starts college, he suddenly feels intense pain in his back and discovers infectedcysts on his rear. His problem appears minor at first, but along with the cysts, hedeals withheadaches, fatigue, orange-colored urine, and jaundice. It turns out that Jake's symptoms, except the cysts, are caused by thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP).moreless
Ever since young Averi Williams has been born, her parents have become worried about her. Averi cries constantly for no apparent reason, has unusually bluish sclera, has an enlarged forehead with protruding veins, fails to gain weight, and has breathing problems. These symptoms turn out to be caused by malignant infantile osteopetrosis.
Since she was fifteen years old, Lynn Sanders has been experiencing chronic pain in her hands and wrists. The pain spreads to her joints, and it turns out that Lynn has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.moreless