He was later diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder.

Father Takes Daughter For Check-Up And Is Diagnosed With Rare Disease When Doctor Sees The Way He Ties His Shoes

Butcher Ian Redfern took his daughter to a doctor’s appointment. When he got to the office, he thought he was a perfectly healthy 45-year-old. When he left, he’d been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, that he’d apparently been living with his whole life and never knew it.

Redfern’s daughter, Evie, was diagnosed with a condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) at age 3. The now 6-year-old has skin that bruises and damages easily. On a recent trip to the hospital with Evie, the girl’s doctor noticed something strange about the way that Redfern bent to tie his shoes.

EDS is a disease that manifests itself in various ways. While the syndrome is genetic, neither of Evie’s parents thought they had the illness. But one of the symptoms of the rare disease can by hyper-mobility, where the joints are much more flexible than normal.

When Evie’s doctor at the Children’s Hospital in Sheffield, England, saw Redfern tie his shoes, she recognized the hyper-flexibility of his wrists, and ran tests.

Sure enough, Redfern also has the disease, but has lived his whole life never knowing it.

“I don’t know what the doctor saw,” recalls Redfern, “She just realized I had the same condition as Evie.”

“In my life EDS hasn’t been a problem as I didn’t even know I had it,” Redfern adds. “But that’s the thing with the condition it effects different people different ways, there could be lots of people who don’t know they have it.”

Redfern was diagnosed with EDS, a rare disorder, when Evie's doctor saw him tie his shoes.
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