A seven year old Wolverhampton boy is the first in the city to take part in a ground-breaking NHS project which aims to unlock the secrets of human genetics to transform future treatments and care.
Nile Thackery Lunn, who lives in Bilston, has a number of complex health issues which doctors have been unable to diagnose.
Now his family hope a detailed analysis of Nile’s entire genetic make-up will reveal a diagnosis, helping him and potentially millions of other people in the future.
As part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, Nile’s entire genome will be sequenced and compared with his parents’ DNA and the results of other people who may have similar symptoms.
It may throw a lifeline to his mum Kelly Thackery, who has become frustrated over a lack of diagnosis of symptoms she believes show a degree of autism and ADHD.
Kelly said: “Nile is quite delayed in his development. He doesn’t like change and can become aggressive. Sometimes he just has a meltdown.
“People just see a naughty child, and without any answers on his condition it’s difficult to explain to people why he behaves how he does.
“If we had a diagnosis then people could listen and try to understand. We’ve felt helpless but now we have had the genome testing we are hoping for some answers.”
The 100,000 Genomes Project aims to help people with rare diseases and some cancers.
Teams across a range of disciplines at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust have adopted new patient assessments and ways of working to make sure they can play their part and identify patients who will benefit. Read more