After Kate’s birth in November 2012, I spent hours reading online and learning about these two syndromes. Both of these syndromes have given Kate, her parents, and her brothers multiple challenges to overcome.
According to Wikipedia, Dandy-Walker Syndrome is “a congenital brain malformation involving the cerebellum and the fluid filled spaces around it. A key feature of this syndrome is the complete absence of the part of the brain located between the two cerebellar hemispheres (cerebellar vermis). The letters for CHARGE Syndrome stand for coloboma of the eye, heart defects, atresia of the nasal choanae, retardation of growth and/or development, genital and/or urinary abnormalities, and ear abnormalities and deafness. CHARGE syndrome is the leading cause of congenital deafblindness.” Continue reading