Prader-Willi Syndrome by
On March 28, 1971, Fausta Deterling gave birth to a boy. Curtis was floppy and had little appetite. When he was five months old, a doctor told his parents that Curtis had something called Prader-Willi syndrome. He told them Curtis would develop a huge appetite as a toddler, would become quite obese, would not be 100 percent mentally, and would not live past his twenties. There was no cure or treatment, the doctor said. Fausta and her husband, Gene, did not accept this. They banded with other parents, and with a handful of professionals, to try to make better lives for their children.The small number of professionals interested in Prader-Willi syndrome made some gains, although the syndrome remained obscure. But in the 1980s Prader-Willi syndrome became the focus of a worldwide genetic mystery. And the resolution of that mystery would change the textbooks.
Publication Date: 2016-03-10