A dad from Chester has told of how he will ‘keep fighting’ to help find a cure for Rett Syndrome, 10 years since his daughter’s heart-breaking diagnosis.
Ciara Fowler was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome the day before her second birthday in September 2011, which is caused by a mutation in the MECP2 gene.
The Chester child’s condition affects brain development and Ciara’s parents noticed that she did not crawl, play with toys and showed no sign of developing speech.
She also became stressed and anxious for no apparent reason, grinding her teeth and did not develop the ability to use her hands.
The age at which symptoms first appear varies from child to child and as a result, Ciara’s parents did not see any problems in the first seven months of her life.