When Abel was born his blood was showing very high acid levels. He was 3 weeks old before his parents Tony and Claire could take him home and were left in the dark as to what had caused the problem.
5 months later things started going wrong. After lots of stressful tests, Tony, Claire and baby Abel returned home and had to wait for results around 8 weeks.
Tony said “The reason for wanting to help others was the lack of information and understanding out there when he was diagnosed, it took months to find out what was wrong with Abel. We were scrambling around in the dark with only stress and worry to deal with”.
Finally they were told that Abel had something called Mitochondrial disease but the doctors knew little about this disease, so they resorted to the internet to research how they could help their son.
Abel has got Leighs Mitochondrial Disease with Narp Mutation. There is no cure – just a lot of vitamins can be administered to support him. Also its a matter of just keeping Abel well keeping him safe from viruses as they can lead to further illnesses, which to Abel can be life threatening.
Abel had just turned 9 months old when he got home. Frustrated with the lack of support and knowledge of this disease Tony and Claire set up The Abel Foundation in 2015 to help provide support for sufferers and the families of Mitochondrial Disease