Facility: Eastern Maine Medical Center
Molly is followed on a regular basis in our Genetics Clinic. Molly does not have a unifying diagnosis, but she has several problems including hydrocephaly, developmental delay, and a congenital heart defect, which corrected itself early in life. Hydrocephaly is a condition that arises because of excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles of the brain. (CSF constantly bathes the brain and central nervous system.) Hydrocephaly occurs in about 1 in every 1000 live births. Hydrocephaly is most commonly caused by a partial or complete blockage of compartments in the brain that produce CSF. The blockage prevents the normal flow of CSF and causes pressure on the brain. Less commonly, hydrocephaly is caused by faulty absorption of CSF and more rarely by a tumor or other malformation causing overproduction of CSF. To alleviate the pressure on the brain and to prevent further complications associated with hydrocephaly, a shunt procedure is performed. Molly has a shunt, which is working successfully. Molly has been tested for several different conditions and has not been found to have any of them. We are continually working with the family to identify a unifying diagnosis.
Molly and her family are our heroes because they have many obstacles in life, which they overcome the best they can. Molly has many doctor’s appointments and therapy sessions, which demand a lot of time. Molly also needs a lot of individual attention because she is unable to perform everyday life skills. Her family is extremely supportive of Molly and they are always there to help her.