“We started to grow concerned because Josh seemed to be abnormally clumsy – he would stumble and fall when he walked, and after a series of bad falls, he ended up in the hospital. After that, we knew it was time to see a specialist.” Marcie remembers.
The neurologist examined Josh, asked some questions (which Josh answered himself), and ordered more tests. Within a few months, he called Marcie and David with very bad news: Josh had a type of leukodystrophy called 4H syndrome, short for hypomyelination, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, and hypodontia. It attacks the central nervous system by disrupting the growth of myelin sheath in the brain, causing problems with movement, speaking, vision, hearing, and mental and physical development.