‘Mito’ awareness urged by GP with affected children

The Sydney GP is a mother of three children, all affected by the disease. Her eldest daughter, Kara, 14, has a neurodegenerative form of ‘mito’ called MELAS syndrome (mitochondrial encephalopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes).

She first displayed symptoms when she started school in 2005, manifested as slowness performing tasks, poor balance and awkward running style.

“Excess body hair, early loss of teeth, repeated spontaneous vomits, stress incontinence, jerky eye movements and poor