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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta irib LtiHHHiDat HERALD Monday. March m, A -The Herald Family Child has rare ailment Gov't offers aid EDMONTON (CP) The provincial government has changed its mind and will give financial assistance to the parents of a 2V2-year-old Edmonton girl suffering from a rare medical ailment. The government had originally rejected the parents' plea for help but the cabinet reassessed the case and decided to assist the family with medical bills until the child is 18 years old. Officials in the department of health and social development asked that the girl's name not be mentioned to avoid embarrassment to the parents. Financial aid will be provided under the treatment services act, which is designed to cover rare medical hardship cases. The girl suffers from a condition known as Mobius Syndrome. She is the only known person in Alberta with the congenital defect and one of 127 known cases in the world. Mobius Syndrome is a muscular and nerve centre defect in which facial muscles do not develop properly. The Edmonton girl can't smile with both sides of the face, can't close or move her eyes and is incapable of facial expressions when crying or laughing. She also suffers from an uncontrolled gag reflex. Other symptoms of the ailment are prominent, inward reversed lips, a normally open mouth, difficult chewing, a short tongue and severe speech impairment. The Alberta girl also suffers from hand and foot deformities, epilepsy and defective tooth enamel which results in rapid tooth decay. Doctors say most of the anticipated medical bills will be for dental work. The girl's teeth are already covered with stainless steel plates and more such dental work will be required. The cabinet decision was made on the basis that the child would receive treatment free if she were placed in a special home. Since the parents are willing to look after the girl at home, they should receive the same financial assistance as parents who turn their children over to the care of the state. Ride 'em cowboy Henderson Lake Park is getting into the spring- summer swing of things early this year, with outgoing patrons already testing playground equipment. The iron horse seems to be loaded down and popular with this group of funseekers. Despite the semi-moat which formed at the base of the horse, many adven- turous types found their way into the saddle and see-sawed the minutes away. The homemaker SPRING PERM SPECIALS! Tuesday. Thursday. Friday and Saturday March 19 through 23rd PERMS PERMS Reg.S14 Q -yq .Reg.S20 Now 9.13 Now Haircut, Shampoo and Set e rn Regularly S7.00. Special U.UU THERESA'S BEAUTY SALON No. 14 Professional Bldg. Phone 328-6424 By BARBARA L. MYTROEN District Home Economist in Training Why is it that so many women take to eating clay or dirt during their pregnancy while other women, pregnant or not and some men make a habit of chewing ice cubes? Why do so many children chew on paint chips and plaster containing lead? Why are so many youngsters irritable, lacking in appetite, problems to parents and doctors? And what is the real reason for impaired learning in many youngsters? Moreover, why do so many adults women particularly suffer chronically, if not dramatically, from feelings of fatigue and apathy? The one answer to all these questions is iron deficiency. And it doesn't have to be so great a deficiency that it produces outright anemia. The news today is that iron deficiency can have many repercussions besides anemia that it is a systemic, not just a blood problem. It is amazingly common the most prevalent nutritional deficiency state in the country! Iron is an essential component of red blood cells. It goes into hemoglobin, the red cell substance which carries oxygen from the lungs to the muscles, brain, and all parts of every body cell. It is TEMPO Jwwt found in enzymes which promote vital body processes. Total body iron is only half a gram, less than of an ounce in infancy, and increases to only about five grams in adulthood. Seventy per cent of it is in use in blood, cells and enzymes; only about 30 per cent is held stored in reserve. That makes for a slim margin of safety because one milligram is lost daily in urine, sweat, and cast-off cells; and while an average modern diet provides 10-15 milligrams, only 10-15 per cent of that is absorbed. So it is easy to have an iron deficiency. One reason for this may be the decrease in use of iron cooking utensils. Once standbys-'in homes and processing plants, iron cooking pots have been much replaced by aluminum, stainless steel, and other ware. For your family, you will want to make certain you serve a balanced diet with foods rich in iron. Excellent iron sources include meat (especially green vegetables, beans, nuts, wholegrained and enriched cereals. THE BETTER HALF Adjudicator Peter Higham began his guitar studies with Christopher Jordan, at- tended master classes at Simon Fraser University, has studied at the Strat- ford Festival and Banff School of Fine Arts. Mr. Higham is a graduate of the University of Alberta. He has adjudicated clas- sical guitar classes at the Calgary Music Festival and is now completing his master of music degree at the U of A. He will adjudi- cate classical guitar at the April Kiwanis Music Festival in Lethbridge. By Barnes IS CLOSING OUT Their Wig Department All Wigs Are INSTANT GLAMOUR ELURA heat and resistant CAPLESS "Your budget is interesting. If you could eliminate we'd be rich inside two IT'S NEW! EVERY TUESDAY IIUIT41 ONSHiAVENUES. UNI I