Gabriella Maria Menotti was born March 9, 2004. She seemed somewhat normal for the first 6 weeks of her life, then started having seizures. The next 4 to 5 months consisted of numerous doctor visits and hospitalizations when we finally got a diagnosis of mitochondrial disorder. This disorder completely disabled her. She was unable to walk or talk, see or even hear well. She could not sit up or even hold her head up. She was never able to communicate at all. She continued to have seizures throughout her life.
Thanks to family, friends and numerous members of the healthcare community, Gabby nearly made it to her 12th birthday. Although Gabby was never able to communicate, she was an inspiration to many. Gabby passed away December 20th, 2015. She will be missed greatly by many.