The birth of a child is one of the happiest moments in a parent’s life and the same couldn’t be truer for San Francisco Giants pitcher Mark Melancon. But that joy can quickly turn to fear and angst when diagnosed with a rare brain-threatening disorder.
Today, 1 in 10-15,000 newborns in the U.S. test positive for PKU. One of those children is the daughter of Melancon. Ella was diagnosed shortly after birth and Mark and his wife are now passionate advocates for PKU awareness. On the heels of National PKU Awareness Day, celebrated on December 3, Mark joins us to share his personal story, provide the latest statistics and risk factors associated with PKU, and what to do if you know someone with or your child is diagnosed with the condition.