Rare Diseases

Doctors at Children’s Hospital Westmead successfully trialled new therapy for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

Peter Critchley passed on a genetic disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease to his two daughters Matilda and Eleanor. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
Peter Critchley passed on a genetic disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease to his two daughters Matilda and Eleanor. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

The teenage sisters have a rare neurological condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which they inherited from father Peter. It causes muscle weakness that can lead to debilitating impairment of the feet and ankles.

“It’s hard not to feel guilty for passing on the disease,” Mr Critchley, 51, said. All three have never been able to play sport, have endured surgery and rely on walking aids.

“It’s difficult to walk and we don’t have the balance most people have, so we are always falling down all the time,” he said.

He feels guilty for passing…