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Jessica Lee McKittrick

Each case of mitochondrial disease is different and progresses at a different rate.

Jessica Lee McKittrick was born in 2000. She acted like any other child until around the age of three.

At that time, Jason and Becky McKittrick, her parents, noticed that she had motor skill delays. At age 4 she had an MRI completed and the doctors noticed a pot on her brain. After various other tests, she was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease at age 5.

Jessica went to school until age 15; at that point it her disease had progressed to where she could not tolerate attending school.

Each case of mitochondrial disease is different and progresses at a different rate.

Jessica is tube fed, but is able to enjoy cold drinks and ice cream. Jessica loves to watch TV (Disney Channel, CMT, Food Network), go to Applebee's for ice cream, take walks (when the weather is mild), use the iPad, listen to music, be out in the community around others, and visit with her family. She also loves visits with her nurse Carol, working with her teacher/therapists from Batesville High School, and seeing her other therapists.