is a genetic disorder caused by the lack of the enzyme responsible for the breakdown of the mucopolysaccharide keratin sulphate.
SUPERSTAR: Our stories on Dan as a child of courage in 2001, above, and appealing for a new wheelchair in 2003 HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Morquio's Syndrome
sufferer Dan Woodhouse, pictured above with his mum Sue, is celebrating his 21st birthday today
Nursery nurse Julie, and husband Paul, 36, a factory manager, knew nothing of Morquio's syndrome
and were stunned when first Jack and then Lewis were diagnosed.
He suffers from Morquio's Syndrome
, his body failing to grow to accommodate his organs.
Based on Rodman Philbrick's novel for young adults ``Freak the Mighty,'' the film charts the nurturing relationship of two junior high outcasts - Kevin Dillon (Culkin), who suffers from the growth-inhibiting, degenerative Morquio's syndrome
, and Maxwell Kane (Henson), a socially inhibited giant of a boy from a criminally dysfunctional home.
As a youngster, Daniel was diagnosed with Morquio's Syndrome
, a rare genetic disorder that allowed his organs to develop but stopped his skeleton growing.
The title role is played by Ian Michael Smith an 11-year-old actor with Morquio's Syndrome
, which causes dwarfism.