Christian is now the oldest of Gene and Aida Billingsley's three children, but before 14-year-old Gabrielle and 8-year-old Brandon were born, Christian was already suffering effects from his disease.
The family journey began when little Christian was only three months old, with a huge bout of projectile vomiting. "And he broke out in little bruises all over his body called petechiae," Gene Billingsley said, "it literally looks like a rash over the whole body."
By the next day, the Billingsleys had a diagnosis, and their fight against aHUS had begun. The disease causes clotting problems and often attacks the kidneys. And the Billingsleys quickley learned of the recurring nature of aHUS.