Saturday, January 19, 2008

Dannielynn’s eye condition is genetic

Larry BirkheadDannielynn, the daughter of the late glamor model Anna Nicole Smith and her former lover, Larry Birkhead, is suffering from a eye condition as a result of a genetic condition common in Anna’s family, it has been claimed.

Her stabismus is not a symptom of drug use during Anna Nicole’s pregnancy.

“I can confirm that it is hereditary on our father’s side of the family,” Anna’s half-sister Donna Hogan tells OK! Magazine.

Hogan goes on to say that all of Donald Hogan’s kids — not just Anna — have passed along the disorder to their own children. And dad Larry confirms the news about his 16-month-old daughter as well: “All the doctors told me that it was more than likely genetic.”

Hogan's teenage daughter Kayla also suffers with strabismus, an eye disorder also known as "cross-eyed" and often confused with a condition known as “lazy eye,” and will soon undergo corrective surgery to cure the condition.

As for the incorrect assumption many have made that Dannielynn’s eye condition was linked to Anna Nicole's drug use, Hogan says she understands. “That’s the first thing that goes through your mind. But as someone who knows the family history and saw the signs right away in Dannielynn, of course I knew what was going on.”

By Owen Williams, Jan 19 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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