Tiana Honey Watson
HELPING CHILDREN WITH MITOCHONDRIAL DISORDER,
MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASE AND RARE METABOLIC DISORDER
The Tiana Honey Watson Fund for Children with Rare and Metabolic Disorders (T-Charmed) has been set up to raise money to spend on research and to help find a cure for this ever-growing deadly disease and also to help families of children with similar metabolic disorders. At present, there is no cure or treatment for Mitochondrial Disease.
Tiana Honey Watson had Mitochondrial Disorder Complex 1. Visually she was a beautiful and perfect little girl and appeared to be glowing with health but the disease had affected her muscles, heart, lactic acid levels and respiratory system. Tiana died on the 9th May 2006 of total respiratory failure. She was 2 years and 7 months old.
About Mitochondrial Disease
Mitochondrial disease results from failure of the mitochondria, specialised compartments present in every cell of the body except red blood cells. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When they fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell. Cell injury and even cell death follow. If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole systems begin to fail, and the life of the person in whom this is happening is severely compromised. The disease primarily affects children, but adult onset is becoming more and more common.
“Our aim is to help as many children as we can, and to save others the hurt we went through when we lost our beautiful daughter”
– Steve Watson, Chairman, TCharmed