The rarest of rare diseases and the young children who suffer from them

What you are about to read here is definitely not something you would wish upon anybody; even your worst enemy. Diseases so rare they affect one in a million maybe and the most horrendous fact of all is that those suffering are young children. Hopefully with enough awareness and worldwide co-operation, there may come a cure one day, but till then, every single day is a day of suffering and emotional distress for those afflicted with rare diseases.

Currently, around the world there are 6000 rare diseases and 60 million people worldwide, are suffering from them. But although diseases such as hemophilia are part of this group, there are even rarer diseases that are almost unheard of, afflicting very few people on the planet.

Read on to find out about the three most unusual and rarest of rare diseases and some of the young children suffering from them.

1 Partial Triplication 15

Dylan Torrance is just 13. The newly turned teenager suffers from a condition which took doctors three years to diagnose. Dylan suffers from a mutation in the 15th chromosome, a condition so rare that he is the only person in the world having such a defect. The disease is yet to be named. It is currently being referred to as a literal description of the condition which is partial triplication 15. As a result of this condition, Dylan suffers from severe bouts of epilepsy; he cannot speak and is confined to a wheelchair.

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Janice Torrance, his mother mentioned that though he was a normal delivery, he showed signs of abnormalities from a young age. This included flopping over and she was even unable to feed him. The disease affecting Dylan, affects just 19 people globally and he is currently the only with the defined disorder. Every human being has 23 chromosomes, Dylan’s 15th chromosome is the one with a mutation and there is no cure!

mutation in the 15th chromosome

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