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Lara's mum, Julie, talks about how Lara was diagnosed with a life-threatening metabolic disorder.

Patient, Lara

“Shortly after our beautiful daughter Lara was born she fell into a coma. She was diagnosed with a life-threatening metabolic disorder, Methylmalonic Acidemia (MMA).

"It means Lara’s body cannot properly process the protein it takes in and turns it into damaging toxins.

"We returned to the UK, as we were living in Portugal, and found Professor James Leonard (now retired) at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

This happened just in time, as Lara suddenly stopped eating. Her body started using up its own protein stores so she also became dangerously acidic.

Finding a rare treatment

"At one point we were told she probably wouldn’t make it through the night – the most harrowing time of our lives. However, Professor Leonard came up with a rare treatment and very slowly she began to recover.

"Lara is able to maintain as normal a life as possible with the help of GOSH. She owes her life to the hospital and staff, and without them we would not have our joyous little girl who touches the heart of everyone she meets."