INTERVIEW: Brooke Raasch & PKU
Were sitting down again this week to chat and listen to Brooke's story. Brooke is a mother to two children, one of which has a rare disorder called PKU. PKU is an inherited metabolic disease affecting the brain through increased levels of a substance called phenylalanine (Phe) in the blood. PKU infants in the US are diagnosed in the first few days of life through the federally mandated newborn screening program. This is important because the damage caused by toxic levels of Phe in the first few years of life is irreversible. Brooke is here with us today to not only share her story and educate others but to raise awareness for PKU and to be that person that mothers of other newly diagnosed children can turn to.
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