Community backs song for Sophie

Sophie Spence at home with her mum Jill

Sophie Spence at home with her mum Jill

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The Midlothian community has rallied around a ten-year-old girl who struggles to communicate and has breathing and mobility problems.

In 2008, Sophie Spence from Whitehill was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, a condition that affects around 2500 girls in the UK and can also cause breathing, eating and sleeping difficulties and seizures.

Although it is a genetic disorder, less than one per cent of recorded cases is inherited or passed from one generation to the next – most are spontaneous and occur randomly.

Now a song, sung by former Lasswade High pupil Jillian Neil, and dedicated to all that live with the challenge of Rett Syndrome, has been released.

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