Mark was born on the 14th October 2005 and diagnosed with Transient neonatal Myasthenia Gravis soon after he was born, after a long hard and emotional struggle and 109 days in ICU little Mark finally came home, unbeknown to us his parents, the struggle was far from over. Around the age of 4 Mark had genetic tests done and was found to have a duplication of his X Chromosome which we now know can lead to learning difficulties, he is currently having Speech therapy and we are investigating the possibility of apraxia. Given that Mark is unable to speak although he is very capable of making a lot of noise it becomes very challenging both for him and his family to understand each other when it comes to his wants and needs.
Mark is a very bright little boy and is very numerically minded be it numbers on a sign or his Mathematics homework anything with a number and Mark is in his element, Mark is willing to attempt any task that may be asked of him from fetching something from the fridge to helping his Mom in the garden or even giving his Dad a hand washing the car. Mark is a cheerful little boy drawn to the technological side of life be it a computer or a radio controlled car and always welcomes new challenges whatever it may be.
Mark currently learning sign language and given time this will improve day by day with the help of his teachers and the use of signing at home. We are all hopeful that one day Mark will be able to communicate with the rest of us on a level that we can all understand.