Mitochondrial disease can affect anyone at any age. There is no cure.
Mitochondria are like tiny factories in our cells.
They turn the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe into a special type of energy called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Mitochondria create more than 90% of the energy needed to sustain life and support organ function. We cannot survive without them.
Each person has trillions of mitochondria. Some cells have a single mitochondrion while others contain hundreds of them.