Fox29 Features Patient with Rare Disease

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Emilia Schalick is a bubbly, fun-loving, affectionate 5-year-old girl with a personality that lights up any room she's in. But soon after she was born her mother noticed something wasn’t quite right. Her eyes were wandering a bit and she was having trouble breathing. As Emilia got older she missed some of her developmental milestones.

Her diagnosis was unknown until she came to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where a multidisciplinary team diagnosed her with alternating hemiplegia of childhood, or AHC, a rare neurological development disorder.

While this disease is rare and debilitating, Emilia triumphs over the limitations of her condition in amazing ways! She visits the CHOP Care Network Specialty Care Center in Princeton for neurology appointments, and has occupational therapy at the CHOP Specialty Care Center at Virtua once a week.

Watch this story from FOX 29 to learn more about Emilia's journey.