Killeen: Family travels to the Midwest to seek medical answers

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Killeen family traveled to Wisconsin to search for medical answers for their son who has Bardet Biedl Syndrome.

Kaylin Riccardino-Moore is a mother of two her oldest son, Malachi has been diagnosed with Bardet Biedl Syndrome.

"Bardet Biedl Syndrome is a disease that affects essentially every cell of the human body,” Dr. Haws of Marshfield Clinic said.

“And so because of that essentially every organ of the body is affected and so it’s due to the cells of the body not communicating with each other correctly."

Malachi has seizures, vision loss and a hard time walking because his legs are twisting inward.

His mother said she gets emotional knowing what he is going through and that she can't help him.

"I don't think any mother should ever be told that your child could be dying,” Riccardino-Moore said.

“It's very heartbreaking. We have no idea what caused it. We thought the things happening was just fluke's just different medical conditions."

Riccardino-Moore stays at home and takes care of both of her sons while her husband is on the road for work.

She says it's difficult sometimes because their youngest son has Poland Syndrome so he too will have a hard life.

Their father Sean Moore says when he’s on the road all he can think about is his family back home.

"It's normal for us, but it's not normal for the rest of the world. They are going to grow up not normal and it hurts,” Moore said.

Not knowing what all to do for Malachi they are hoping Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin will help them help their son. Malachi will spend a week at the clinic receiving tests in order to help doctors come up with a plan for his life.

“He has a lot of problems from his BBS,” Dr. Haws said.

“So we felt that by coming to the treatment center that we could provide an early intervention that will hopefully improve the quality of his life and also the length of his life.”

Life will be tough his parents are up to the challenge of making sure their son gets the help he needs.