It started with lost handbags and other memory lapses about three years ago, but it wasn’t until last August that Rebecca Doig’s family finally discovered the source of her memory issues — early on-set Alzheimer’s. By then, the 31-year-old Australian woman was already pregnant with her first child.
Last week, Doig became the first known person with the disease to give birth. Her daughter, Emily Scott, was born healthy by c-section. But her mom doesn’t recognize her, nor does she realize she’s given birth.
Alzheimer’s usually strikes people in their 50s and 60s, but Doig carries a rare defective gene, PSEN1. Doig is “like an 80-year-old going on 5 years old,” her husband Scott said in a statement, reports The New York Post. “She has gone from being an independent, outgoing and bright young woman to someone who doesn’t recognize her own newborn daughter.”
Fortunately, tests show that the gene was not passed on to Doig’s daughter. Her husband, Scott, says he’s proud of his beautiful new daughter, but at the same time is struggling to care for his family. Depression is not an option, says Scott, “because I’ve got a wife and now a little girl to look after.”
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