Fragile X is a genetic condition affecting as many as 90,000 Australians. It can impact whole families. Fragile X syndrome is the leading genetic cause of intellectual disability, and the most common known cause of autism. Fragile X can also result in a Parkinson’s-like symptoms, and in fertility problems for some women.
Fragile X Association is a small Manly-based charity providing support for children and adults affected by Fragile X across Australia. www.fragilex.org.au
Fragile X: Impact on whole families
Meet Rosemarie McRae. A former helicopter pilot, she’s flown all over the world, mustered via chopper in the outback, and flown out to oil rigs with supplies & for sea rescues. But now in her 60’s Rosemarie has a Fragile X condition, an incurable tremor and cognitive issues. Her daughters have inherited Fragile X from her.
Watch a 90 second clip about Fragile X in the McRae family on Channel 7 News: http://yhoo.it/29FbRPD