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. “The reason for wanting to help others is the appalling treatment we received when our son, Abel, was diagnosed after waiting months to find out what was going on” said Tony. Finally they were told that Abel had something called Mitochondrial disease. Tony and Claire were told very little by the hospital as at the time the doctors knew little about the disease. Tony and Claire felt like they were left in complete darkness and all they could do was internet research.
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 Tony and Claire set up The Abel Foundation in 2015 to help provide support for sufferers and the families of Mitochondrial Disease.