Genetics - a whole new world

1 in 4. Those are our chances of having a baby with NKH.

Nonketotic hyperglycinemia, or NKH, is a very rare genetic disorder, caused by a defect in a child’s genetic coding which means that they can’t break down Glycine. Glycine is an amino acid that is found naturally in our bodies and we need it to grow and develop properly, but when it’s not broken down and accumulates, it effectively becomes poisonous. The result is severe disruption to movement and development, brain damage, seizures and muscle weakness. Children with NKH tend not reach milestones past those reached by a regular 6-week-old infant. It’s not pretty. It’s terminal and currently there’s no cure.

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