We believe Enzo is an angel sent by God to make us better people, and we must do everything we can to care and give him the best possible life.
Enzo is only 5 and already knows what it means to fight for your life. Enzo was born 8 weeks premature and spent his first 6 weeks in hospital. Enzo overcame all of his early life challenges, with his sweet smile that we all love, but Dr. Christopher Barnett, Head of Paediatric and Reproductive Genetics (SA Clinical Genetics Service) at The Women's and Children's Hospital, knew something wasn’t right.
On 12 June 2014 we heard the term Progeria for the first time. "It is an aging disease" the doctor started to explain.... there was a dead silence in the room.
Those born with progeria typically live to their mid-teens to early twenties. However, we believe in miracles and in August 2014, we embarked in a race against time to find a cure for Enzo. This experience has opened up a whole new world to us.
While we dislike Progeria, as a disease, we have to thanks Progeria for everything that has given us so far. We have met some wonderful people who have become family:
A great team of Doctors at the Women and Children Hospital who look after Enzo’s health
Extraordinary support from the NDIS
A great support through childcare, kindy and now at school (St Mary's Memorial), where his teachers and students are looking after him.
A lovely team of therapists who understand Enzo and help him and teach him through games
Other parents of children with Progeria
Because of all of you, and PRF, we know we are not alone. Special thanks to each of you for being on our side supporting us in this journey of hope.