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Makayla and her family and friends are uniting to help raise money to get Makayla her IPAD, which would benefit her greatly!!

Makayla was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome on June 5, 2007 just days before her 2nd birthday.
Rett Syndrome is a devastating neurological disorder that leads to developmental reversals. Rett syndrome occurs almost exclusively in girls and may be misdiagnosed as autism or cerebral palsy.
Studies have linked many Rett syndrome cases to a defect in the methl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) gene. This gene is on the X chromosome. Females have two X chromosomes, so even when one has this significant defect, the other X chromosome is normal enough for the child to survive.
An infant with Rett syndrome usually has normal development for the first 6 - 18 months. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Symptoms may include:
•Breathing problems -- problems tend to get worse with stress; breathing is usually normal during sleep and abnormal while awake
•Change in development
•Excessive saliva and drooling
•Floppy arms and legs -- frequently the first sign
•Intellectual disabilities and learning difficulties (assessing cognitive skills in those with Rett syndrome, however, is difficult because of the speech and hand motion abnormalities)
•Shaky, unsteady, or stiff gait; or toe walking
•Slowing head growth beginning at approximately 5 - 6 months of age
•Loss of normal sleep patterns
•Loss of purposeful hand movements; for example, the grasp used to pick up small objects is replaced by repetitive hand motions like hand wringing or constant placement of hands in mouth
•Loss of social engagement
•Ongoing, severe constipation and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
•Poor circulation that can lead to cold and bluish arms and legs
•Severe language development problems

The disease slowly progresses until the patient is a teenager. Then, symptoms may improve. For example, seizures or breathing problems tend to lessen in late adolescence.
Developmental regression or delays vary. Usually, a child with Rett syndrome sits up properly but may not crawl. For those who do crawl, many do so by scooting on their tummy without using their hands.
Similarly, some children walk independently within the normal age range, while others are delayed, don't learn to walk independently at all, or don't learn to walk until late childhood or early adolescence. For those children who do learn to walk at the normal time, some keep that ability for their lifetime, while other children lose the skill.
Life expectancies are not well studied, although survival at least until the mid-20s is likely. The average life expectancy of a girl with Rett syndrome may be mid-40s. Death is often related to seizure, aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition, and accidents.

Makayla is now 5 yrs old and has no hand use or verbal skills. She can walk but has problems with balance so she has to wear a protective helmet to prevent her from having a serious head injury. She is a very happy little girl that enjoys school and her cartoons. She has been working on switch boards at school and the computer and has been making good acheivements! She works so hard even if its just accidental she still has the sense of she is doing something even if its just her hands or arms hitting it it gives her something to work for. With that being said it has been recommended by her neurologist and her speech therapist that she would benefit dearly from the IPAD. It has been used with children with Austism and other girls with Rett Syndrome. Rett syndroem is part of the austism spectrum disorder.

I want to thank you ahead of time for you generosity and compassion!
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