What is Rett?
Rett Syndrome is a very rare and severe genetic mutation that is located on the X chromosome and primarily affects females. Worldwide, Rett occurs in only 1 of every 10,000 female births. Although it is genetic, it is not inherited.
A child with Rett Syndrome will begin to experience impaired brain function between the ages of 6 to 18 months. This leads to diminished speech and motor skills, leaving many children with Rett Syndrome unable to walk, talk or use their hands. In addition, they often experience respiratory, feeding and GI issues, seizures, scoliosis and other challenges. Typically, girls with Rett only live until middle age.