Neuroendocrine Hyperplasia of Infancy is a rare disease that affects Alida. It’s a lung disease that was classified in 2005. When someone has NEHI they usually have difficulty breathing. Trouble getting oxygen is what makes people get unable to breath like normal humans. Children with NEHI have heavy breathing. Breathing like that uses up more calories than regular breathing so having NEHI can lead to having trouble gaining weight.
Since NEHI was discovered in 2005, there isn’t much information at all. 2005 is too recent to have a lot of information on the disease. Doctors never got a chance to really look into the sickness, making it a disadvantage to anyone with NEHI. Also the fact that NEHI is very rare, is another disadvantage. To further explain, since there's less cases on NEHI, there is less information.
Because Alida has NEHI, she has nose tubes that are connected to her oxygen tank. The tubes carry oxygen from the tank to her. Alida and many other kids are fortunate to have the oxygen tank, since its what is keeping them alive. Although oxygen tanks aren’t the easiest thing, they still help. Today, doctors are still in search for a solution for NEHI.