Lynn Dansie - High Ammonia Levels Pivotal to OTC Deficiency

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1990 - Lynn Dansie

4th Generation
Descendant of Andy Wright Earl

Birth: 1945
OTC symptoms confirmed 1990 age 45
Death: 1990 age 45

High Ammonia Levels Pivotal to OTC Deficiency

Throwing up and being sick were a part of Lynn’s life starting in grade school. Lynn naturally ate foods that made him feel good and stayed away from foods that did not make him feel good. When Lynn was drafted into the army, he was at the low end of the weight requirement and was hospitalized multiple times with flu-like symptoms that the doctors could not determine the cause.

1984 - Lynn and his brother, Kenneth, were introduced by their cousin, Lowell Kamerath, to the idea that they were part of a family genetic defect. They did not make a connection between their symptoms and OTC deficiency because Kenneth had previously been diagnosed with Reye’s Syndrome.

1990 - Lynn experienced a crisis that included severe symptoms of nausea, throwing up, and erratic behavior. His cousin, Lowell, referred him to Dr. Leonard, at the University of Utah. Due to the onset of a coma, Lynn was hospitalized for evaluation and treatment of his symptoms. The diagnosis confirmed Lynn had high ammonia levels that could possibly be connected to a defective gene.

He died 10 days later at the University of Utah Hospital.

Dwain Leslie Dansie, older brother of Lynn and Kenneth, died in 1942 at age 4 from a misdiagnosed appendicitis. Lynn’s death death helped expose a defective family genetic mutation that had traveled unchecked through at least four generations.