Angelman Syndrome

Discovered In 1965 by Dr. Harry Angelman, a physician at Warrington General Hospital  published a study that first described children with characteristics of Angelman syndrome.

Dr. Angelman first observed three children who were unrelated but showed similar symptoms of intellectual delay, stiff, jerky gait, lack of speech, seizures, motor disorders and a happy demeanour.

Angelman syndrome (AS) is a rare neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in one in 15,000 live births or 500,000 people worldwide. It is caused by a loss of function of the UBE3A gene in the 15th chromosome derived from the mother.

People with Angelman syndrome have developmental problems. Other common signs and symptoms usually appear in early childhood like walking and balance disorders, gastrointestinal issues, seizures and little to no speech. Despite these symptoms, people with Angelman syndrome have an overall happy and excitable demeanour.

An individual with AS will light up a room with their smile and laughter, they love water, sleep very little and are some of the bravest people you will ever meet.

Individuals with AS will require life-long care, but will live long, happy lives.

The Foundation

The foundation has been setup not to support Max but as a way for the trustees and Max to give back to the Angelman and wider community.

About Max

Anyone lucky enough to meet Max or spend time with him knows he's always happy. Angelman impacts everyone differently, we're all learning so much.

How you can support

To donate to the foundation please contact the trustees.

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