Updated 12/05/2012 05:19 PM
Baby Izzy diagnosed
We first introduced you to Gloversville baby, Isabelle Sherman, three months ago. Doctors spent months trying to figure out why Izzy wasn't growing. But after a doctor in Pittsburgh saw our story, he got in touch with Izzy's mother and helped figure out what was wrong. YNN's Maria Valvanis says the diagnosis may not be good, but that doesn't mean anyone's giving up hope on helping Izzy grow.
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GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- At first glance, baby Isabelle Sherman looks like a healthy newborn. The problem is she's actually eight-months-old.
Her mother, Stephanie Sherman, said, "It affects every organ. Things will regress."
Up until now Izzy's family didn't know what was preventing her from growing, but finally, a diagnosis. Doctors determined Baby Izzy has Mitochondrial Complex 1 Deficiency. She's has to be fed by a feeding tube and sleep with an apnea monitor because she tends to stop breathing.
"The prognosis is poor. Doctors say it's up to her how long we have to spend with her, but I have faith it's going to be a long time," said Sherman.
As if that's not enough, Izzy just got home Tuesday after fighting an infection for the third time. Each time, doctors said she wouldn't make it.
Sherman said, "She's our little hero. She's been through more in almost eight months than more adults have been through in their entire life and she smiles through it."
And it's that smile that has attracted more than 13,000 family friends and strangers to her Team Izzy Facebook page.
"Just seeing her, you fall in love with her just looking at her and the first time I met her, I knew I was going to be around," said Jessica Speidel.
Team Izzy helps keep her, her three brothers and parents strong. Unable to work because of the constant care Izzy requires, the Shermans have gone as far as selling their kitchen stove to keep up with the bills.
"I've written a letter and sent it out to local organizations to try and increase donations," said Speidel.
Sherman said, "They've kept our electric on, a roof over our heads and they're helping out with Christmas, because without Team Izzy this year, Christmas wouldn't exist in this house."
Izzy's condition is incurable, but the Sherman' know she will fight as hard as she can and they say they'll cherish every moment they have with her.