CHOC’s highly specialized metabolics team identifies rare and dangerous genetic disorders before it’s too late. And early, non-invasive screening is a big reason why Henry Louderback celebrated his fourth birthday last year.
“He was losing some weight but no huge alarms went off,” Nicole Louderback, Henry’s mother, says of his condition shortly after he was born on Sept. 20, 2010. Newborn screening tests detected the disorder before he was a week old, allowing the metabolics team to start life-saving treatment before Henry’s liver went into failure.
Henry’s now a happy, normally developing child — thanks to what Nicole calls the “incredible” work of Dr. Raymond Wang, a CHOC metabolic disorders specialist, and other members on the metabolics team.