Reporter Richard Engel has tragically announced the passing of his six-year-old son, Henry, due to Rett syndrome.
Reporter Richard Engel’s Six-Year-Old Son Henry Dies From Rett Syndrome
Rett syndrome is a neurological disorder which impacts the way that the brain operates and develops. This can gradually lead to the loss of cognitive functions, and by all accounts, there is no current cure available to treat this. With that being said, it was very difficult for Richard to come to terms with what had happened.
But now that the passing has happened, he had nothing but warm words to say. In a post to his fans on Twitter, Richard shared a picture of Henry getting ready. Henry has a massive smile on my face and could not be any happier.
The post was captioned by the following comments: “Our beloved son Henry passed away. He had the softest blue eyes, an easy smile and a contagious giggle. We always surrounded him with love and he returned it, and so much more. Mary and Richard.”
Despite the devastating news, there has been a positive thing to come out of this. Henry’s condition has led to extensive research over whether a cure can be obtained. While that does nothing to take away from the fact that Henry is no longer here, the research could prevent someone else from suffering that similar fate.
And that is at least something positive that can be taken from such a difficult event. Richard’s following comments confirmed as much: “Researchers are making amazing progress using Henry’s cells to help cure RETT Syndrome so others don’t have to endure this terrible disease.”
The fans on social media came out in droves in order to send some warm words. And they supported Richard’s efforts in trying to raise a dialogue around this condition. One person wrote: “So sorry to hear about your losing Henry. Donated to Tx Childrens NRI. We are familiar with their excellent work on epilepsy.”
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