Consider this passage from another family member being treated at an Arizona facility:
Photo of Natalia courtesy of NYTimes.com
“Psychologically it’s very tough,” said their daughter Natalia Agudelo, 24, who also traveled to Phoenix.“After they lose memory, what remains are their instincts like animals,” she said, adding that her father can still chew and make other instinctive movements. “Until his last moment, we’ll be there seeing what more we can do to help, what more we can do to love.”
Natalia and her younger brother and sister may have inherited the mutation from their father or, if their mother is a carrier, from her as well. As a result, Natalia has decided not to have children.
“I love babies, and I’d be so happy with children, but having a child isn’t just ‘Oh, how cute,’ ” she said. “You have to be realistic and be clear that the disease is very tough. They say in Medellin, ‘Don’t go spreading the Alzheimer’s around.’ ”