Center for Special Children

While the genetic research benefits the entire population, most of the afflicted children come from regional Amish and Mennonite communities. The most common diseases are Maple Syrup Urine Disease, Proprionic Acidemia and Phenylketonuria, but more than 30 known conditions exist to some extent in this area. The genetic advancements in both diagnosis and treatment plans made by Dr. Jim DeLine are constantly evolving.

The work they are doing with Sitosterolemia is the most current of any clinic offering this specialized service. Scientific study has made the La Farge Medical Clinic's Center for Special Children program an outstanding medical resource, but the significant personal relationships developed between the doctors and the Plain community cannot be underestimated when looking at what has been accomplished since the program opened in 2015.


The La Farge Medical Clinic - VMH has developed the Center for Special Children as a genetic testing program that is aimed at improving the lives of local children and families. This program offers low-cost genetic testing and care for patients with rare genetic and metabolic disorders.

The program's goal is to continue to help those families affected by complex medical needs with affordable health care, while also building an expansive catalog of diseases that will improve diagnosis and treatment in the future.

The Center for Special Children provides a service that is offered by only six clinics in the country which care for special children, primarily in the Amish and Mennonite communities. The clinics utilize genetic testing to identify and treat rare conditions. All clinics receive guidance from the communities that they serve.

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