A 10-year-old boy in the U.K. who was born with his kidney at the top of his right thigh was diagnosed with such a rare disorder, that his doctors have named the case after him. Hamish Robinson, who was born missing the 7p22.1 chromosome, reportedly has a fully functioning organ at the top of his right thigh.
According to Chromosome Disorder Outreach, chromosome 7p22 deletion can cause a range of symptoms including developmental delay, intellectual disability, internal organ malformations (primarily within the heart and kidneys), and facial abnormalities.
Robinson’s mom, Kay Robinson, said her son was born 5.5 weeks premature, weighing just 2 pounds, but that he was discharged from the hospital once issues with feeding were addressed. She told SWNS that it wasn’t until he started missing milestones at 17 months, that she took him to see a geneticist.
His chromosomal disorder was detected and has since been linked to hearing loss in one ear, severe asthma, learning difficulties and spinal issues. SWNS reports Robinson also requires a voice computer to speak.
“It’s so hard knowing his condition is unique because no one knows what to expect,” Kay Robinson told SWNS. “Research is ongoing and his geneticist has written a paper on Hamish, but there’s no knowing what’s going to happen. The kidney is fully functioning but it’s the potential of what could happen in the future.”
Kay Robinson said a urinary infection could send her son’s health into a tailspin, but that for now doctors have opted to monitor the organ.
Despite his obstacles, Kay Robinson said her son is a personable boy with “a magnetic personality,” who has a love for karate and pantomime.
“Being with him has inspired me,” she said. “He’s been the biggest blessing of my life.”