BALTIMORE MD (WCMH) – A foundation that helps couples suffering from infertility helped a couple have another baby after losing twins to a rare genetic disorder.
Tommy and Ashley Goffaux were born three and a half weeks early in February of 2009. Both weighed more than five pounds.
Parents Kitty and Jamie had their joy quickly turn to sadness after doctors delivered some heartbreaking news.
“She explained that they both had a rare genetic disorder called Zellweger Syndrome” mother Kitty Goffaux said “Their cells basically break down while they’re building so it’s a fight… are they generating cells faster are they breaking down faster.”
Children diagnosed with Zellweger syndrome live on average around six months, WMAR reports.
“The disorder is a lottery ticket you never want to get,” Said Jamie Goffaux. “It had to be something both kitty and I carried and we had to carry it on the exact same FNS chain in order to happen. If I remember correctly the odds, they said it was 1 in 750,000 that fraternal twins both got it.”
Jamie and Kitty brought their babies home and surrounded them with as much love as possible. They learned to change feeding tubes, administer medication and oxygen and deal with seizures.
“Those two kids did more in the time that they had than some kids do their entire childhood. They had more friends more family… with Tommy, because he was healthier, we did a birthday party every month. We did Christmas in July,” said Jamie.
Ashley passed away in May of 2009. Tommy died three months later.
Kitty and Jamie eventually started looking at their options for more children. Fearing another baby suffering from the same disorder, doctors said they couldn’t use Kitty’s eggs again.
Insurance covered in vitro fertilization the first time, but said that wouldn’t be the case again.
The Tinnia Q Cade Foundation stepped in and provided two grants totaling more than $10,000 to help cover treatments.
Their son, Emmitt is now three-years-old. He is one of 50 “Cade Babies,” brought into the world with the help of Cade Foundation grants.
Kitty and Jamie call Emmitt their miracle baby.
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