Rare genetic disorder means this girl is always happy

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Kimia Mackay is a Year 3 student of The Aquila School in The Villa in Dubai. An extremely popular student, she has a wide circle of friends. No surprises there, you might think, as she has a happy face with an infectious smile.

But talk to her and she won’t reply. She is vocal alright, but she is non-verbal. She is earnest and effusive, but expression as the world knows it eludes her.

As her mother Souzie Mackay explains, Kimia is a “happy baby”, suffering from a rare genetic disorder called the Happy Puppet Syndrome. Also called the Angelman Syndrome, it is a chromosome defect that causes acute learning difficulties besides issues with speech, movement and coordination.

Read the full story in Gulf News here.