Molly Turner began having seizures almost immediately after she was born in July 2009. The third child of Chris and Elizabeth Turner, she spent the first month of her life highly sedated and on a feeding tube in the NICU while doctors tried to get her seizures under control. Though Molly went home in September of that year, she was frequently in and out of the hospital.
Genetic testing when she was 5 years old confirmed Molly has a KCNQ2 mutation. This uncommon mutation has been linked to infant seizures and significant developmental delays. Her parents joined an online support group for families dealing with this condition and learned there are only around 250 cases worldwide.
Molly may not be verbal or mobile and is visually impaired, but she is otherwise healthy and full of energy. A nonstop smile machine, Molly is constantly bouncing around in her chair, and she happily engages with the people around her. She loves reading, listening to music and watching television or movies. She can say “Hi” and her family hopes she will one day be able to communicate by pressing phrases or photos on a tablet designed for the disabled.
“Progress is there,” Elizabeth says. “It’s just slow. She really is just so content. Her smile—she lights up a room with it. If only I could just bottle that energy and sell it. . .”
“Along with our family and friends, our Kosair family is truly our lifeline and support,” Elizabeth says. “Molly allows me to see the ability in her disabilities every day, and I thank God for that gift.”