This morning at church I heard of the passing of Brent Anderson. Brent had Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS). Although he was 24 years old he look as if he was 12 years old. The members of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, NC will miss Brent a great deal. I can not recall a time that I did not see a smile of Brent's face.
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) is named after a Dutch pediatrician, Dr. Cornelia de Lange, who in 1933 descibed the symptoms of the Syndrome. Some physical characteristics of CdLS are low birth weight (often under five pounds), slow growth and small stature, small head size (microcephaly), thin eyebrows which frequently meet at midline (synophrys), long eyelashes, short upturned nose and thin, downturned lips, and Limb differences, including missing limbs or portions of limbs, usually fingers, hands or forearms. People with CdLS often have gastroesophageal reflux, seizures, heart defects, cleft palate, bowel abnormalities, feeding difficulties, and developmental delay. This information comes form the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation's website. If you would like to learn more about CdLS, please visit the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation's website.
Over the years, I have see the great faith of Brent's parents as they dealt with his illness. I hope you will join me and pray for his family.