Jenna Kimbrough's Exome Testing
Organized by: Janice Thompson
Jenna Reese Kimbrough is a darling two-year-old who suffers from Frank Silent Aspiration from a yet-undiagnosed neuromuscular disease. This disease has affected the muscles in her throat, causing her to aspirate all liquids into her lungs instead of her tummy. Consequently, Jenna receives all liquids through a feeding tube. This little doll is under the care of multiple specialists (high risk pediatrician, pulmonologist, G.I., genetics, endocrinologist, ENT and two neurologists) in Houston's amazing medical center. Jenna's neurologist (who specializes in muscles) recently did an EMG test (Electromyography, a diagnostic procedure to assess the health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them), expecting to find a muscular myopathy. Instead, she discovered that Jenna likely has a motor neuron disease called SMA (or similar). The SMA test is being done this week, but what Jenna really needs is exome sequencing. This test will tell doctors what they need to know about her genetic makeup. To learn more about the test, go here: http://bit.ly/1uYH7g6. The cost of exome sequencing is $15,000 and Jenna's insurance won't cover it. However, Baylor Miraca Genetics Laboratory in the Medical Center has graciously agreed to lower the price to $5550.00 because Jenna is on SSI (disability). We will keep the fundraiser going after raising the initial $5550.00 because it's an additional $2100.00 to have both of Jenna's parents fully tested, should the need arise. Would you prayerfully consider giving toward this fund so that Jenna can have her test? The sooner we have an accurate diagnosis, the sooner doctors can develop a course of treatment.