Like most boys his age, Aidan has enough energy to challenge any superhero. He is the tallest kid in his class, has an IQ well above normal and enjoys a wide variety of healthy activities.
The newborn screening test detects rare inherited disorders, that otherwise would not be apparent in seemingly healthy newborn infants. Aiden's test revealed a metabolic condition known as Phenylketonuria, or PKU. Infants with PKU are born without the ability to properly break down an amino acid called phenylalanine. If left untreated PKU usually leads to mental retardation, stunted physical development and emotional problems.
Early detection and a customized diet results in a favorable outcome of healthy brain and nerve development in PKU children.
"Our gratitude to the CDPHE Newborn Screening Program and the staff at Denver Children's Hospital cannot be measured. As an employee of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, I am aware of many of the preventative programs that are implemented at the state level. My son Aidan's tremendous vitality reminds me about the far-reaching impact that these programs have."
Continuity of Operations Coordinator
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Emergency Preparedness and Response Division