Kristi Smith with a rare brain disorder adopted 4 children having same condition

Kristi Smith

Kristi Smith was born with a rare brain disorder called Phenylketonuria. Phenylketonuria or PKU is an inborn error of metabolism that results in decreased metabolism of the amino acid phenylalanine. So she understands what it’s like to live with the condition. That’s why Kristi and her husband Matt decided to adopt four children who also have PKU. Untreated PKU can lead to seizures and intellectual disabilities.

They came to us not knowing how to go up stairs or how to run and jump – they were overwhelmed, but now they are just flourishing, Kristi Smith said.

Kristi has been on a strict low-protein diet her entire life, which helped her thrive. In 2015, they adopted two toddlers from China who have PKU, and last month, the family welcomed two more sons from China with the condition.