What is Apert Syndrome?
Apert syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes abnormal development of the skull. Babies with Apert syndrome are born with a distorted shape of the head and face. Many children with Apert syndrome also have other birth defects. Apert syndrome has no cure, but surgery can help correct some of the problems that result.
Causes of Apert Syndrome
Apert syndrome is caused by a rare mutation of a single gene. This mutated gene is normally responsible for guiding bones to join together at the right time during development. In almost all cases, the Apert syndrome gene mutation seems to be random. Only about one in 65,000 babies is born with Apert syndrome.
Apert Syndrome Symptoms
The defective gene in babies with Apert syndrome allows the skull bones to fuse together prematurely, a process called craniosynostosis. The brain continues to grow inside the abnormal skull, putting pressure on the bones in the skull and face.
The abnormal skull and facial growth in Apert syndrome produce its main signs and symptoms.
Who are We?
A non-profit organization established in September of 2016 and operating in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area.
Helps families with children born with APC syndromes,arriving to Dallas for surgeries and treatments.
Its operations are entirely based on volunteer work from the Polish community in the DFW area and the support of local businesses.
Foundation cooperates with similar organizations in the USA and Poland, such as the Gift of The Heart Foundation in Chicago.
Mission and goals
Our mission is to provide practical and logistical support for children and their families who arrive to Dallas for their surgeries and treatment. We are here to assist with any and all organizational aspects of their visits.
Our main goals are to help families to interact with all the institutions here (such as clinics, medical personnel, accommodation providers, banks, etc) to ensure that the main objective of their stay – the surgical procedure of their child – is achieved in an efficient and timely manner.
We also facilitate social contacts with the Polish community in Dallas