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With help from the genetics team, nurse Debbie Ekonomides and her 2-year-old son, Michael, are learning to live with his disease.

The Gene Gurus
Genetic counselors help us grasp our biological destiny

From the beginning, Debbie Ekonomides knew something wasn’t quite right with her baby. He wasn’t eating well and seemed lethargic. Her hunch proved prescient. Just a day after she and her infant son, Michael, were discharged from the hospital, Ekonomides received news that a blood test taken at the baby’s birth showed he had galactosemia, a rare metabolic disorder.

Ekonomides brought her baby to Hopkins, where he would stay for five days. She learned from Amanda Bergner, a genetic counselor, that once Michael’s dehydration and jaundice were under control, he would need to avoid milk products and certain other foods for the rest of his life.

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