We learned of the sudden death of Leroy Martin, the son of Lester and Anna Mae Martin, Barnett, Missouri. He was one of their six children and the only one with MSUD. Leroy had been doing really well lately. He was almost 8 years old and helped chore on the family dairy farm. He rode his bike 1, miles to school each day attending first grade.

On Feb. 28 Leroy vomited all day and all night. The next several days he seemed better with only occasional vomiting. He continued to drink his formula and felt good enough to do school lessons again by the end of the week. Then on Mon. morning, April 7, the vomiting started again. He dressed himself that morning, but at noon they took him to the hospital. When they got there, he was stiff and dehydrated but alert. He died quite unexpectedly early the next morning, April 8.

We extend our sincere sympathy to the grieving family. Life changes so dramatically with the loss of a special child. Let us remember them with cards and prayers.


The MSUD Family Support Group is currently funding several research projects and we are proactively looking for researchers interested in developing new treatments or finding a cure for MSUD. Significant funding is necessary if we are to accomplish this goal.
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