For many girls in the fifth grade, they enjoy Disney movies, spending time with loving family members and participating in school activities.
Mazzy Bartelheim, of Wheatland Center School, is no different, despite the obstacles standing in her way, according to a release issued by the Kenosha Thunder Hockey Booster Organization.
The obstacles started at three days old, when she suffered seizures, and was taken to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa where doctors discovered she had brain injury caused by a stroke.
While undergoing treatment, Mazzy was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Intonentia Pigmenti, which affects her skin, teeth and central nervous system.
With her diagnosis, Mazzy has spent extensive time at Children’s Hospital having her seizures monitored and tested, the release states.
“She spends more time than we’d like at Children’s Hospital, although she loves it there, having seizure monitoring and tests,” the release states.
The obstacles created by the seizures and stroke left her with physical and emotional impairments.