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It was a surprise to both the Dohman family and the Loesch family, both of Hastings, that they both had daughters with Dravet Syndrome, a rare genetic mutation that causes seizures. Pictured in the front are Clover Dohman, Jackson Dohman and Avery Loesch. In the middle are Alex Dohman, Patty Dohman, Debra Loesch and Nick Loesch. Standing is Brian Loesch. (Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx)

Two Hastings families find a common thread in daughters with Dravet Syndrome

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There aren't many people who have heard of Dravet (dra-VEY) Syndrome. It's a severe form of epilepsy that starts when a child is less than a year old. It's also incredibly rare. According to, there are only 7,000 to 14,000 people in the U.S. with Dravet.


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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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