• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Genetic testing solves family medical mystery

December 31, 2017

baby Jordyn LaMont smiling and sucking on her fingers
When Jordyn LaMont was born with serious health concerns, it was a harrowing repeat of a situation her mother had lived through before. But this time, specialists at Mayo Clinic were able to get to the root of the problem and provide the family with answers.

Amid baby babble, Jordyn LaMont's eyes grow wide with excitement as she spots her father, Brandon LaMont, and he bursts into a wide smile, playfully raising her toes to his face.

"She's full of personality," says Jordyn's mother, Stacey LaMont. "She's proof that miracles do happen."

Although it seems like a typical interaction, to get Jordyn to the point of happily playing with her parents took a team of Mayo Clinic specialists and included an investigation of her genetics. What those test revealed reaped rewards not only for Jordyn's health, but for her family overall.

"This gene mutation was really rare, and for that team to have found it, they have found literally a lifetime full of answers for my family," Stacey says. Read the rest of Jordyn's story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.