For as complicated as it is to say, much less spell, Mucopolysaccharidoses
Sanfilippo is fairly easy to understand.
When you think of your body as a whole, we take for granted how
our body chemistry needs to work in concert with all it's essential
parts. If one part is broken, the impact of the broken part is expidential
in relationship to your total body chemistry.
Olivia is impacted by MPS Sanfilippo, Sanfilippo does not differ
much from other MPS disorders. As cells in our body die they are
processed and digested by enzymes. Olivia is missing an enzyme essential
to processing and digesting these dead cells. Because the dead cells
cannot be processed the body stores the cells it would otherwise
digest in soft tissue organs and muscles throughout the body. As
enough cells are stored the impacted organs begin to slow down,
and eventually shut down.
National MPS Society, Inc.
Chidlren's Medical Research Foundation
Sanfilippo Syndrome Medical Research Foundation
Sanfilippo Children's Research Foundation
Society for MPS and related diseases
Zealand Lysosomal Storage Support Group
Kindom Society for MPS Diseases
Diseases in Children
Pediatric Medical Center (Olivia's home away from home)