Cassie Lira was born September 10, 2008 as a full term healthy 6 pound 14 ounce little girl. As she got older she was not gaining weight or growing in height. She also suffered from severe constipation. At 1 year we followed up with GI clinic at Children’s Mercy. Many tests were done for Chron’s, Celiac, and Cystic Fibrosis. All Negative. She was diagnosed with Eosoniphilic Gastroenteritis. She later had bilateral tubes placed in her ears, and tonsils and adenoids removed. After surgery her hearing got better, but speech got worse. She was then diagnosed with sub-mucosal cleft palate. Prior to doing cleft surgery, she was genetically tested, and was found she had 22q11.2. She was 2.5 years old. She also has asthma and allergy concerns and will be tested further prior to her fourth birthday. She has been cleared by cardiac at this point. I plan to get further consults in both endocrinology and urology.

Cassie is doing great now. She is gaining weight and growing taller. Her main diet consists of mac and cheese and Pediasure, but boy does she eat and drink a lot of it! She talks up a storm, acts likes a princess, and loves going to preschool and meeting new friends. She loves playing outside, hanging with her older brother, and picking on her little sister. She is very outgoing. Every day she changes and is growing into a very sweet little girl. I can’t wait to see what new adventures she takes us on as she grows.