After his testing was completed, a Dear Son mouse was created to learn more about this gene pattern. The ARX gene expresses itself in vitro and while it is considered a “mild” gene defect as genes go, it can cause some of the most “severe” disabilities.
In 2006, he was diagnosed with a progressive neurological disease related to the gene mutation. The progressive disease is caused by an abnormality with the dopamine receptors. He has been progressively losing skills and can no longer walk, stand, roll over, move his legs/feet, vocalize or clear his airways.