DeRyckes looking for another miracle
ANNAWAN — Like many other girls, 5-year-old Katelyn DeRycke loves to play outside, to swing on her swingset, to go fishing and swim. She loves playing with her Barbie dolls and with her 8-year-old sister Kyla and the family puppy. She likes playing with the IPAD.
But unlike most other little girls, Katelyn has some special medical challenges. As a newborn, Katelyn was diagnosed with Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease, a disease which claimed the life of her brother Noah in September 2003 when Noah was just 5 hours old.
Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease (ARPKD) is a genetic disease, in which both parents are the carrier of the ARPKD gene. However, only 25 percent of children born to parents who are carriers will have the disease. For Adam and Hope DeRycke, they knew at 25 weeks into their pregnancy that their baby daughter had the disease.
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