Allowah Lights Up for Mito!

At Allowah, we are celebrating our friends who live with mitochondrial disease, sometimes called ‘mito’.

On Saturday, we took part in Light Up for Mito, as part of World Mitochondrial Disease Week.

What is Mitochondrial Disease?

Bodies are made up of trillions of cells that work in countless ways to allow everything to function as it should. Mitochondria are often called the ‘powerhouses’ of the cell. Their main function is to produce energy to power the parts of the body.

Mitochondrial disease is a debilitating disease that reduces the ability of the mitochondria to produce this energy. It can be caused by mutations in the mitochondrial DNA or nuclear DNA. It is now thought to affect 1 in 5000 people, making it the second most commonly diagnosed, serious genetic disease.

Mitochondrial disease can affect children in a range of ways, impacting the various systems and functions of the body.

There is currently no cure for it and treatment consists mainly of supportive therapy along with some vitamins and supplements. The symptoms can present differently so treatment must be individualized to the needs of the child.

Since children with mitochondrial disease are very sensitive to minor illnesses and other stressors, it is important that the child’s general health and wellbeing are looked after and monitored carefully. Families and specialists can work closely to ensure the best care is given to the child through a wholistic approach.

Allowah is a hospital that provides quality medical and allied health care to children with complex disabilities and health needs, including children living with mito.

We provide children and their carers with respect, dignity, emotional and spiritual support within a Christian environment in a way that maximises their quality of life.

Allowah can offer a range of services and supports for children with mitochondrial disease including:

        • Respiratory support and airway management
        • Allied Health interventions and assessments
        • Registered nurse support each shift
        • Complex feeding
        • Pressure management
        • Liasing with your own health professional to develop appropriate nursing and allied health programs and interventions
        • Post-surgery or hospitalisation admissions

To find out more, contact us at admin@allowah.org.au or give us a call on (02) 8877 3400.

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