• Living a life with rare PKU

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    ABBY Delaney has the rare Phenylketonuria (PKU) disorder, where her body is unable to break down amino acids. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

    A YOUNG Wangaratta girl who has lived with a rare disorder since birth has been unable to enjoy the comforts of life, like chocolate.

    In fact, 12 year old Abby Delaney (pictured) has Phenylketonuria (PKU) disorder that prevents her from eating nearly all supermarket shelf foods.

    PKU is a genetic disorder that renders the phenylalanine hydroxylase enzyme non-functional – an enzyme vital to break down amino acids in the body.

    Abby’s on a strict diet, her food can’t be bought off the supermarket shelf and needs to be pre-ordered a fortnight in advance from suppliers.

    At three days old the hospital did a Guthrie test for PKU, a mandatory test for all babies.

    When Abby was a week old the Royal Children’s Hospital gave her Mum, Renee Meloury, a call, explicitly instructing her to stop breast feeding as a matter of life and death.

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