Lakyn Jo is from the small town of Liberty Mounds, Oklahoma, USA. Lakyn was born in February 2014. She is the daughter of Billie and Cody. Lakyn was born a healthy baby. There were not any issues with the delivery. Lakyn was considered a “normal” baby until she was 3 months old when her parents noticed her doing strange twitching motions. Eventually those twitches turned into full blown seizures. She was then diagnosed with epilepsy and was put on medication.
When she continued to grow she started to show signs of being to “floppy”. Parents noticed her muscle tone was abnormally low. By 6 months she was diagnosed with hypotonia. She then started physical, speech and, occupational therapy to help treat her condition. Lakyn has little speech. Mostly “mama” “baba” “dada” “hi” and “hot dog” (for Mickey mouse). Lakyn has good eyes but she does have astigmatisms in both of them causing her to not focus very well. She wears glasses to help with that.
Lakyn has seen several doctors and specialist. They all ran several different test on her to figure out what exactly was going on. In October of 2015 her neurologist wanted Lakyn to do a full Exome sequence genetic test. In December 2015 parents got the results back and she was then finally diagnosed with Gene Mutation DNM1 disease EIEE31. Parents also found out that this mutation was not genetically passed down from either of them. This genetic disorder was considered De Novo.
As of October 2016 Lakyn can still not sit up on her own, she can not crawl or walk. Lakyn is gaining strength and continues to grow stronger. She has gained head control and she can use her hands and arms to play with toys or hold her sippy cup. Her seizures are still controlled by low doses of phenobarbital and keppra. She still continues to work hard doing several hours a week of therapy to gain strength.
Lakyn is a very happy toddler. She loves Mickey Mouse, music, chicken alfredo, the outdoors and watching her big sister cheer while her mom coaches the cheer squad. Her mom and dad are super proud of her and they love their special baby girl just the way she is. Lakyn and her parents hope their story can help others and also inspire others. “Disabilities are not Limitations”.
Written by Billie Jo Thomas (October 2016)