Teenager with grim 'childhood Alzheimer's gets hope from sugar treatment trial

She can't read books, because every time she turns a page she has already forgotten what was on it. And her life is governed by lists, reminders of what she has done and needs to do next.

Jessica Sheehan waits for her treatment at the Clinical Trial Centre.  Photo: Justin McManus They are symptoms most commonly associated with older age and dementia.

"I'm pretty forgetful," Jessica said.

"When I first got diagnosed I was sitting on the couch eating dinner and I went to the toilet and I forgot to come back.

"I thought we hadn't had dinner yet."

Ten years ago, Jessica's family were told that she probably would not live past her 16th birthday, but she defied that prediction and is facing a more hopeful future, thanks to the trial of a new drug.

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