FARGO - As farmers and cattle ranchers, Val and Mark Wagner never
expected to know the intricacies of a vegan diet.
However, they’ve had to learn that and much more to keep their
youngest son alive. Two-year-old Eli Wagner has what’s called
Ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency. Basically, his body can’t
break down protein properly. As a result, ammonia builds up in his
blood, and that can lead to neurological problems and liver damage.
“It’s a little hard to stomach when you’re a livestock producer and
you’re raising a kid who might never be able to eat meat,” Mark Wagner
As difficult a diagnosis as that is, Eli didn’t come by it easily.
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