The Bristol boy with the rarest condition
Most mothers think their children are unique, but Alison Di Maggio knows that her son Fabyan is almost one of a kind.
The youngster has a rare chromosome disorder that was diagnosed when he was just a few months old.
Mrs Di Maggio, of Brislington, knew nothing about the condition until Fabyan's diagnosis but has since found out that she also has it.
And the pair are the only two people on a worldwide database with their version of the chromosome 22 disorder.
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Mrs Di Maggio, 40, is now organising a charity night at her local pub to raise money for an organisation that has provided advice and support since they first found out about the condition.
She said: "After Fabyan was born they noticed he was a little bit floppy but because he was my first child I hadn't noticed.
"We were allowed to leave hospital but two weeks later we were told he was registered blind. That was devastating enough, but we thought that was it. But there were more tests and when he was a few months old we were called into the hospital and told he had a chromosome 22 disorder.
"I wasn't really told a lot about it and everything was difficult to understand."
Mrs Di Maggio, who is a carer for her son, decided to look to the internet for more information about his condition and found the Unique website.
The charity has helped the family with advice and support and has also put them in contact with other families with similar disorders.
Mrs Di Maggio, of Conway Road, said that the condition meant her son was almost like a baby. He has suffered developmental problems, still wears nappies and cannot talk properly.
She said: "I did not know anything before and it was quite isolating.
"They (Unique) are ever so good and there is always someone at the end of the phone if I need it.
"I got help from them and they gave me lots of answers.
"I found out that I have got a chromosome 22 disorder too, which is unusual because parents don't usually have it. I'm lucky that I'm not affected by it.
"I just wanted to give something back."
Mrs Di Maggio has organised a charity event at the Bloomfield Inn, Bloomfield Road on Sunday, May 24.
Local band The Tonemasters are playing in the afternoon from 1pm to 4pm and there will also be a raffle with prizes from local businesses.
All proceeds on the day will be donated to Unique.
For more information about the charity call 07858 963737.