Technology for Ageing and Disability (ACT) Inc,
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TADACT gives mum helping hand: ‘To be able to do it myself makes life so much better’

But a retired engineer tinkering in his workshop in Melba has just made Mother’s Day – and every day – that little bit easier for Gilmore mum Francine Rowland-Mahmoud.

The 28-year-old has to use a wheelchair due to the lifelong effects of the rare genetic disorder Phenylketonuria (PKU), something checked for in newborns through the heel-prick test.

The PKU disorder affects the breakdown of protein in some foods and over the years, despite a low-protein diet, has affected Francine’s gait.