Little Madeline is one in a billion

A little girl from Suffolk has a medical condition that is so rare that only seven people in the world have it. It's so rare it doesn't even have a name. Madeline Reeder has already had 17 operations and she is only 3-years old.

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Little Madeline is one in a billion

Madeline Reeder and her mum Sammy Credit: ITV News Anglia

Madeline Reeder from Lowestoft in Suffolk is not even 4-years old yet and already she has had 17 operations.

She has a medical condition so rare that only 7 people in the world's population of seven billion have it.

Madeline is feed through a tube in her stomach Credit: ITV News Anglia

Her a chromosomal abnormality is so rare it doesn't even have a name. The nearest experts can get is "X13 mosaic unbalance translocation".

Madeline was born with life-threatening problems with her intestines, a heart defect and a cleft palate. She's also at risk of developing eye cancer.

Madeline has to be fed directly into her stomach by a tube and is currently unable to eat.

Madeline Reeder Credit: ITV News Anglia

Madeline's mum Sammy is now training to run the London Marathon next month, to raise money for Genetic Disorders UK.

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