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Laura Harshbarger is nestled between her two youngsters, Heather, left, and Issaiah. Heather was diagnosed with DiGeorge Syndrome two weeks after she was born on Aug. 5, 2011. Her brother was born Aug. 6, 2010
UNION CITY, Ohio - Laura Harshbarger is concerned that not too many people know about DiGeorge Syndrome.
She does, but only found out about it only after her daughter, Heather Durham, was born a year ago and diagnosed with it.
The DiGeorge Syndrome, according to information on the Internet, is a primary immunodeficiency disease which is caused by abnormal migration and development of certain cells and tissues during growth and differentiation of the fetus. Different tissues and organs often arise from a single group of embryonic cells. Although the tissues and organs that ultimately develop from a single group of embryonic cells may appear to be unrelated in the fully formed child, they are related in that they have developed from the same embryonic or fetal tissues. Although many different organs may be involved in the DiGeorge Syndrome, they all evolve from the same embryonic cells.