David is the chair of the 22q11 Deletion Syndrome AAPG in Westminster, and on 5 June, raised a Private Members Bill in the House of Commons. David's Bill would require the Secretary of State to conduct a review into Di George (22q11 deletion) syndrome; to require the National Health Service to publish a strategy after the review is complete; and for connected purposes.
22q11DS or DiGeorge as it is more commonly known, is a condition present from birth that can cause a range of lifelong problems, including heart defects and learning difficulties. The severity of the condition varies. Some children can be severely ill and very occasionally may die from it, but many others may grow up without realising they have it. DiGeorge syndrome is caused by a problem with a person's genes called 22q11 deletion. It isn't usually passed on to a child by their parents, but is in a few cases. More information on DiGeorge syndrome can be found online here and at the Max Appeal.
David has been trying to help raise awareness of this condition. 22q11 is the second most common chromosomal disorder after Down's syndrome and has been historically misdiagnosed, which can lead to additional health problems.