Within minutes of being born, Benthe was bluish-grey in colour and appeared weak and lifeless. The paediatrician initially thought that she had a respiratory tract infection. When Benthe failed to respond adequately to the prescribed course of antibiotics, she was transferred to Groningen, where the definite diagnosis was made. Benthe was diagnosed with Pompe disease at the age of 7 days old.
Benthe attends a regular primary school. She really enjoys going to school and loves drawing and creating things. She often plays with different class mates, and of course with her younger sister Merle. Benthe has even succeeded in obtaining her first 2 swimming diplomas!