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Childhood Dementia: the heartbreak and the hope

 

Our Executive Director, Megan Donnell, delivered this powerful talk as part of a TEDx Youth event, exploring the bond between two children, Mia Murchison and Isla Donnell, and the devastating impact of two genetic disorders on two different families.  

 

Sanfilippo Syndrome and Batten's disease are just two examples of childhood dementia. If there were ever two words that should not belong together, it's 'childhood' and 'dementia'. For Megan Donnell this is of course deeply personal as the mother of Isla and Jude, two Sydney siblings who are both battling the rare and fatal genetic childhood disease, Sanfilippo Syndrome. Meg's TEDx Youth speech took place at Moriah College as part of an independently arranged TEDx Talk.

 

 

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