Make-A-Wish Foundation grants childs wish of young boy with rare genetic disorder
Los Angeles, CA (WDAY TV) - In Los Angeles the Make-A-Wish foundation granted the request of a young boy with a rare genetic disorder.
"Look, I have another helicopter piece."
Two things keep 8-year-old Dylan Prunty going, according to his mom.
The doctors at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Legos.
Kapka Prunty/Mother: "It's magical. I never thought that a brick would bring so much happiness to my child."
Dylan combined his life savers when the Make-A-Wish foundation granted him a wish.
"Just like in the real place."
He asked for the Lego masters to design a Lego replica of the hospital, complete with a helicopter pad, the cafeteria, the gift shop, even an operating room. Dylan had surgery just this week.
Dylan Prunty/Has Genetic Disorder: "They saved my life, and we live here."
Over the past two years, Dylan has spent more time at Children's Hospital LA than he has at home, being treated for mitochondrial disorder. Mitochondria are responsible for creating 90% of the energy the body needs to sustain life. It presents differently in every child.
For Dylan, his immune and digestive systems don't work well. He hasn't eaten solid food in two years, and he is plagued by kidney stones.
Kapka: "Usually it takes three months to a year for someone to develop a kidney stone. Dylan makes them sometimes in minutes, hours, days. He can pass up to a hundred kidney stones a day."
And that's where the Legos come in.
Dylan: "It distracts the pain, and it's like the best pain medicine."
Dylan's Lego-building skills have far surpassed his peers. Take a look at some of his work. Even his doctors are in awe. Amongst the some-four thousand Legos Dylan has constructed to build the hospital, there are Lego versions of some of his favorites, like endocrinologist Dr. Mimi Kim.
Dr. Mimi Kim/ Endocrinologist: "Apparently, this is me."
Dylan: "Without glasses."
Dr. Kim: "Without glasses."
Dylan says he didn't just wish to build the hospital because he likes Legos.
Dylan: "So we could raise money, yup, for more research."
It's something his doctors say mitochondrial disease desperately needs.
Dr. Richard Boles/Children's Hospital Los Angeles: "To consider the number of patients diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, and the much larger number of patients that we suspect are there that don't have a diagnosis yet, the number of dollars per patient is extremely small. I mean, mitochondrial disease in children is more common than childhood cancer."
Dylan's prognosis is unclear. He's the only known child in the world who has this type of mitochondrial disorder. His mother, Kapka, says, he dreams of living a normal life.
Kapka: "I wish I could take it all away."
But until then, he builds, and builds, and builds some more.