is a genetic disorder caused by the lack of the enzyme responsible for the breakdown of the mucopolysaccharide keratin sulphate.
The main non-traumatic origins include rheumatoid arthritis, Down syndrome, Marfan syndrome, Morquio's syndrome
, Grisel's syndrome, and after head and neck surgical manipulation (4,6,13).
SUPERSTAR: Our stories on Dan as a child of courage in 2001, above, and appealing for a new wheelchair in 2003 HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Morquio's Syndrome
sufferer Dan Woodhouse, pictured above with his mum Sue, is celebrating his 21st birthday today
Nursery nurse Julie, and husband Paul, 36, a factory manager, knew nothing of Morquio's syndrome
and were stunned when first Jack and then Lewis were diagnosed.
Kevin, played by Kieran Culkin, younger brother of Macauley, was born with Morquio's Syndrome
, a terminal illness which stops the body's growth.
He suffers from Morquio's Syndrome
, his body failing to grow to accommodate his organs.
Based on Rodman Philbrick's novel for young adults ``Freak the Mighty,'' the film charts the nurturing relationship of two junior high outcasts - Kevin Dillon (Culkin), who suffers from the growth-inhibiting, degenerative Morquio's syndrome
, and Maxwell Kane (Henson), a socially inhibited giant of a boy from a criminally dysfunctional home.
Despite having a progressive degenerative condition called Morquio's Syndrome
, Kevin is bright and surprisingly fearless.