What would you do if your child was undiagnosed? This is the reality for many Syndromes Without A Name (SWAN) families. Genome sequencing is not available to everyone and even with access to advanced testing, 40-60% of SWAN children remain undiagnosed.
Parents want to do everything in their power to find an answer and this where FaceMatch can assist with diagnosing more SWAN children/adults. FaceMatch is a non-invasive way of searching for a genetic diagnosis by using facial recognition software to identify genetic conditions by searching dysmorphic (unusual subtle or distinct facial) features. Families who have received a diagnosis are also encouraged to upload images of their children in the hope that they can assist with diagnosing more SWAN children/adults. The more people that are diagnosed, the more that will be diagnosed. A diagnosis has the potential to change health care and treatment plans for patients.
As a parent of a child who didn't receive a diagnosed until the age of 9, I am a huge supporter of FaceMatch and wish it had been available at the start of our diagnostic odyssey. I encourage all SWAN families to utilise FaceMatch in conjunction with their doctor/genetic counsellor in the hope that more children/adults received the diagnosis they deserve.Heather Renton (Founder and Executive Officer - SWAN Australia)