Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

They May Never Find out Why Catherine's the Way She Is - but We're Happy as Long as She's Healthy; TODDLER'S GENETIC DISORDER LEAVES SCIENTISTS BAFFLED

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

They May Never Find out Why Catherine's the Way She Is - but We're Happy as Long as She's Healthy; TODDLER'S GENETIC DISORDER LEAVES SCIENTISTS BAFFLED

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Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY

SMILING Catherine McHarg has no idea she is a medical mystery.

The two-year-old has some of the world's best scientists completely baffled.

She was born with a genetic disorder which left her with movement, sight, hearing and feeding problems.

But despite performing test after test, experts at Newcastle's Centre for Life are still unable to put their finger on what is wrong.

Without any diagnosis Catherine's parents, Caroline and Kevin, have no idea what the future holds.

But the couple do not care the condition cannot be labelled, as long as she remains healthy and happy.

Caroline, 36, said: "They say they might never find out why she's the way she is or it might take 20 or 30 years. But we are happy as long as she is healthy."

Caroline felt like the luckiest mum in the world, when her daughter was born.

After trying to get pregnant for 10 years she was delighted.

But 36-weeks into the pregnancy Caroline, of South Shields was given the news every mum-to-be dreads.

"I had a scan and that showed that my baby had extra water on her head," she said. "I was transferred to the RVI and they told me that my baby would probably be disabled and asked me what I wanted to do and if I wanted to keep her.

"There was never any question in my mind. I said whatever happens, that baby is coming home with us. But I was just so frightened that she would die."

Catherine was born by Cae-sarean a couple of weeks later, with a team of specialists standing by.

But the baby, who had already defied the odds was a fighter, and despite the fact doctors quickly realised she would have development problems the McHargs still thought their daughter was a miracle.

Unable to swallow food properly Catherine spent the first half of her life being fed by a tube through her nose. …

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