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Albion toddler deals with rare medical disorder

By Kim Young

An Albion couple, Chris and Kim Mewhirter, is dealing with a very rare disorder, Prader-Willi Syndrome, which afflicted their youngest daughter, Jamie. The family would like to educate the community to be aware of Jamie’s disorder so she can continue on her path of successfully living with PWS.

The Mewhirters and their three daughters moved back to Albion last summer for family support. In addition to 3 1/2-year-old Jamie, their family includes Nikole, 11, and Ashley, seven. Chris is an employee of the VeraSun Albion ethanol plant.

PWS is a complex, life-threatening, genetic disorder that affects a person’s growth, appetite, metabolism, cognitive function and behavior.

Read more in the Albion News Print Edition.