Molly Ingham has forgotten the words to her favourite Disney songs after being diagnosed with dementia at the age of 11.
She was a “perfectly healthy” child until she turned six when she began having seizures and started losing her eyesight, memory and mobility.
And now she has been diagnosed with Batten disease, a rare form of childhood dementia.
The youngster – who used to know “every word to every Disney song’ – can no longer sing any of them.
And she “can’t even string a sentence together’, said her heartbroken mum Adele.
Molly is now confined to a wheelchair to stop her falling over because her balance is so poor.
Adele, 39, of Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, said: “It’s been devastating to watch the most outgoing little girl that could do everything every other six-year-old could do go into this situation.
“It’s soul destroying.”
"It affects short term memory so she won’t take in new things.
"There’s a lot of confusion.
"She says she wants to go home when we’re already at home.
"She used to know every word to every Disney song now she can’t even string a sentence together.
"She can’t see anymore.
Molly’s condition first materialised at school, where teachers spotted she would not know how to jump through a hula hoop in PE despite watching 20 classmates do it.
She could not remember school friends’ names and stopped following instructions.
A paediatrician thought she had ADHD and a low IQ.
Adele is now hoping to take Molly for gene therapy treatment in the US which may improve her quality of life. “There’s still hope,” she said.