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Rare Mitochondrial Disease Doesn’t Stop Determined Mother of Three

In recognition of Rare Disease Day, that occurs later this month on February 28th, Kennedy Krieger Institute’s mitochondrial disease specialist, Dr. Hilary Vernon, introduces us to a patient who benefits from Dr. Vernon’s expertise and from whom she received an accurate diagnosis for her rare, mitochondrial disease. In addition to identifying a diagnosis, Dr. Vernon continues to support this mother of three by monitoring her health and providing specialized vitamins that aid mitochondrial function and a specially-tailored care plan. Her patient inspires her because rather than let her rare disease hold her back, she home-schools her three children, advocates for legislation to support others with rare diseases, helps educate physicians in training and makes the most of every minute of every day.