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I can finally grow! MCT - my chance for normality

I'm Paul, a 2.5-year-old from the Stuttgart region. I belong to a unique group of about ten children in Germany who share something very special – we have a rare condition related to the KIF11 gene.


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Name: Paul

Country: Germany

Diagnosis: Waldmann syndrome, KIF11

Diet: low-fat and high-protein diet with MCT fats

What is KIF11

KIF11? Never heard of it? Let me explain: I have a mutation on the KIF11 gene. I was born with primary lymphoedema in both feet. My parents soon discovered that I also needed glasses because I am very short-sighted. Some KIF11 children are already born blind or nearly blind. The limitations of the eyes and the lymphatic system are typical symptoms, along with a small head. When I was one year old, I started to feel sick more and more often and put on weight more and more heavily. Because of the rarity, even doctors often don't really know what to do.


Fortunately, I was quickly diagnosed with intestinal lymphangiectasia with protein loss (often called Waldmann syndrome) - a very rare fat utilisation disorder. For my parents, this was another complete change in everyday life.



For me, the MCT diet means that I have the chance to develop properly and later be able to lead as normal and independent a life as possible.

How the MCT diet helps Paul

What the low-fat, high-protein MCT fat diet means for me?

In terms of motor skills, I used to lag behind my peers a bit. With the dietary change, I've been sprinting ahead, catching up step by step. My muscles are getting stronger, and my brain development is benefiting greatly from this newfound power. However, this diet also means that my parents always need to be prepared. It's not easy to reach the daily calorie intake I require. So, my parents keep a close eye on my calories, fats, proteins, and vitamins, especially since I can't express myself properly yet.

To inspire other parents and raise awareness, my parents founded an association: KIF11 Kids e.V. You can find some background information about KIF11 on the website, as well as recipes from my mom, who lovingly tries to adapt every meal to fit my diet.

Take a look!

Yours, Paul

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